EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13765 posts, RR: 61 Posted (12 years 5 months 21 hours ago) and read 1757 times:
While it has been known for quite some time that AS is looking over the B-737-800 for a potential replacement for the MD-80s and even the B-737-400 fleet, a new rumor has them picking up some -800s originally destined for American Airlines that were deferred after 9/11. Supposedly Boeing offered them for a price that AS couldn't refuse.
Any Boeing watchers out there able to confirm this?
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Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 1653 times:
I agree that it would make sense for AS to pick-up some 738s, especially if they are available at bargain prices.
If the 738s are acquired, they could replace the MD80 or 734 from the start....while the MD80s are a bit older and are now the "odd member" of Alaska's fleet, I think AS will retire aircraft on a case-by case basis. Aircraft that require heavy maintenace may be the first to leave, regardless of whether it is a 734 or MD80, followed by aircraft covered by leases that are expiring or can be terminated without penalty or modest penalities. I believe that a good number of the AS 734 fleet was taken under lease. Another factor will be resale possibilities.
I understand that this is just a rumor.....did AA defer more 738s? I thought that most of the deferred aircraft are going to Qantas, which needed many new aircraft in a hurry. Any info?
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
I would love to see AS acquire half a dozen or so 738s for use primarily on their new trans-con routes. Alaska is flying 73Gs at or near capacity to BOS, ORD and IDA/DCA, but I think it would be premature to move these flights up to 739s (52 seat capacity jump). However, I think the 738 capacity would be perfect (perhaps 140-150 seats in AS configuration). Furthermore, I would assume these aircraft to be equipped with video screens, since they were originally destined for AA. By acquiring these aircraft, AS could offer IFE on their long-haul flights without having to go to the unneccessary measure of installing IFE on all 21 of their 739s and 73Gs.