KingGeo3 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 164 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
Hi there all who know much more about airliners than I ever will!
I figure this is a much better forum for this question than GA because:
Not nearly as many teenage airline CEOs here
You all really tend to know what you are talking about (or at least really seem like you do :-> )
Enough of the butt kissing, here is my question - with all the talk of US going into Chapter 7 and WN wanting to expand in PIT and PHL but needing more planes - how long would it take WN to convert reposessed US 733s assuming that WN has already negotiated terms in the event of US liquidation? Would it be weeks or months?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1763 times:
I'd have to agree with EMBQA that there's little chance that SWA would acquire (as in "own" or "long-term lease") any USAirways -300s, since they are just as old as SWA's -300s, and with that age comes higher MX expenses.
More reasonable, is the theoretical possibility that SWA could lease some of those old -300s for a year or two, until SWA could convert -700 options to firm orders, and Boeing could build/deliver them. Any used -700s (like the ex-Eastwind and ex-BWIA birds that SWA picked up) would be easily convertible.
Conversion time on the -300s could vary, especially if any of them needed heavy checks in addition to standardizing cockpits, etc. I'd guess that you're looking at 5-6 weeks per aircraft, give or take.
Personally, I don't think it's going to happen. (Now watch them announce a big deal tomorrow, just 'cause I said that...)