highliner2
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Next 737NG Customer?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:08 am

So...besides AA, Delta, and CO who else might become a major 737NG operator in the future? I wanna say UA but that seems to be wishful thinking, maybe....Spirit? Airtran when they want to expand beyond their 717 fleet? NW? Probably not. What do you guys think?
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BA
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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:14 am

UA and NW no way. For one, UA will not be ordering any new aircraft anytime soon. UA and NW have decided to go with Airbus. You don't go with 2 aircraft of the same category. The 737NG essentially does the same role as the A320, so why on earth would they have both in there fleet?

Maybe we'll see AirTran one day.

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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:46 am

Qantas
 
aussie_
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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 10:58 am

Qantas looks like the best bet...
 
IndianicWorld
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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:42 pm

Must agree there, Qantas, but I am not sure of how many. Qantas have gradually moved into the 'mega' domestic scale of late, bringing in the 767 and 747 fleets to do their domestic flights. And the 767 is taking over more and more routes. But the 737NG is a good choice, but so would the A320.
 
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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:55 pm

If its QF, we should know by the middle of next week. QF are evaluating the A320 (UA colors but not yet bdelivered to them) and 738 (Polynesian Airlines) side-by-side at SYD on Tuesday. From there and after the financial haggling a decision will be made with delivery of 15 commencing from 1/2002. As well as the order for 15, QF are expected to option a further 40 of whatever is chosen (738 must be the favorite though exchange rates mean A320 is a fair bit cheaper) as longer term replacements for the existing classic 737s.
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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 12:41 pm

Westjet has the opertunity to be seeing as they have options for some 96 planes.
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'Longreach'
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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 1:06 pm


Does anyone think that the fact Ansett has A320's and announced possible buyers FOX suggested that they will purchase new ones, will sway Qantas to go with the A320 for competition or is this not a factor?
 
thadocta
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RE: Next 737NG Customer?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 2:39 pm

Longreach - most of the general public do not give a FRF what the aircraft type is - the only people who do are frequent travellers, and in the Australian domestic market, there really will only be one major airline. DJ will be there on the trunk routes, but with a Y only cabin (which is what QF will have on non-core routes) won't be a player on SYD-MEL, SYD-BNE and other core routes, so QF will have this market sewn up.

It will all come down to operational issues, IMNSHO.

The problem is that the 737NG does not have any flight crew commonality with the 733's and 734's that QF currently use, so no matter which wya they go, it will involve conversion training. Given that QF has A330's on the way from the end of next year, and also that the A330 and A320 cockpits are broadly similar (to the point where conversion is done in a few days) there would be decided advantages to going down the A320 road for QF.

Dave