FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 999 times:
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
IMO. an order of this magnitude would not go un-noticed by the media, or by anyone who follows commercial aviation religously, like the knowledgable members here. Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
Brons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3033 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 976 times:
here's the quote from the Orders group:
Date: Fri Jun 28, 2002 9:27 am
Subject: WILD RUMOR; LUV signs for 290 a/c
Quote from the Boeing board:
"At the 'welcome dinner' last night for the Boeing's summer interns
Alan Mallay made a public statement that he had just signed a
contract for 290 airplanes with Southwest Airlines."
Actually this falls into the believable spectrum for me.
A "contigent" order(based on USAir, then United not getting their
gov't loans). LUV has publically talked about a repeat of the early
1990s and these many a/c would be needed for that type of growth.
LUV is *NOT* into massive PR. In the 1990s they grabbed some gates
within minutes of bankruptcy proceedings (complete with fabric
SouthWest signs). No prior leaks of their actions.
Obviously, a 290 plane order would leak, but this would be a MOST
unusual forum to get a jump on the leak. Massive morale booster (if
true) at Boeing.
LUV must be concerned about the Euro budgets grabbing all the
available production slots.
Personally, I'm pretty skeptical about it, but I guess it remains to be seen.
Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
Southwest Places Largest-Ever Boeing Next-Generation 737 Order:
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group confirmed June 29, 2000, that Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has placed an order for up to 290 Next-Generation 737s. The order includes 94 firm Boeing 737-700s, as well as 25 options and up to 171 purchase rights for an additional 196 Next-Generation airplanes over the next 12 years. Deliveries under the new order begin in 2002. The order is the largest ever placed for the Next-Generation 737.
Notice that the date of this 290-aircraft order is almost *exactly* two years ago, and I can't help but wonder if someone, somewhere, got confused about some dates, in particular, the year. Certainly, there are 114 previously-ordered aircraft yet to be delivered, and those plus the 25 options, and 171 purchase rights comes up to 310 aircraft, a sizeable amount if all options/rights are exercised, but my point is that the 290-aircraft order is OLD news......and skewed into something it's not, to boot.