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SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:19 am

Since Southwest consists of a fleet of 737's, does anyone know if they're gonna get the 800 or 900 version of the 737? I know they have some 700's.

 
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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:23 am

They will never get 739s, because a 739 can carry just as many passengers as a 738 - 189, I think. It has to do with the number of emergency exits. So the 739 means more legspace than the 738, but not more seats.
 
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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:27 am

It would not make any sense for them to buy any -800s or -900s, since they are continuously striving to run a very streamlined operation and cut any unnessesary costs. The -800 and -900 series would necessitate a fourth flight attendant on all flights. The best thing they could do is get rid of the the -200 and -500 series aircraft and use only the -300 and -700, since they are both configured to 137 pax. That way they would be immune from the negative results of an operational downgrade. This is what I know to be factual and I'm sure someone will reply wishing they would buy -800s and -900s because it would be "cool".
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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:30 am

I also asked about this a while back. The reason that SWA will not have aircraft bigger than a 737-700 is that with the higher capacity of the -800, an additional F/A would have to be aboard. That would conflict with thier current payroll philosophy.

So for the near term anyway, don't expect to see any SWA -800/-900 series 737's.

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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:31 am

Well, it would be cool!!!  Laugh out loud
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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:32 am

Nope... Can you imagine them getting 757's? Thats what it amounts to... Wont happen.
 
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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:37 am

I remember someone here asking if WN would ever get 767s, LOL!  Big grin

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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 6:44 am

I wonder if Southwest could be potential customer for the Boeing Sonic Cruiser???  Laugh out loud

In all honesty, it's a remote possibility. Perhaps a 738 in the far future, but never a 739.

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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 9:01 am

Boeing Nut wrote:The reason that SWA will not have aircraft bigger than a 737-700 is that with the higher capacity of the -800, an additional F/A would have to be aboard. That would conflict with thier current payroll philosophy.
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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 9:55 am

I saw a picture of a 737-800 in Boeing's Factory with a Southwest Engine Cowling on it. Can someone explain this please. It is in the Book BOEING 737-300/800
 
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Critter592

Sun Nov 11, 2001 10:51 am

I remember AS borrowing a WN 733 cowling for one of their 734s, not sure of any 738s though.

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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 11:35 am

SWA has some 737-700s? That is a bit of an understatement. Well over 100 by now. About like saying AA has some 757s or MD-80s, and DL has some 757s. With the exception of these I can't, off the top of my head, think of any single type/variant in greater numbers.
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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 12:17 pm

We actually had plans for orders of the 800, obviously now it wont be happening anytime soon...maybe in the future...

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RE: SWA 737-900

Sun Nov 11, 2001 5:42 pm

I read a couple of years ago that WN had envisioned possibly buying a small number of 738's for some slot constrained markets, particularly in CA. If they could raise fares in those select markets without losing customers, the cost of an addl FA could be covered.

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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 2:29 am

But if they stick with only the -700, the law of supply and demand dictates they can charge a higher yield, while at the same time keeping costs low with only 3 flight attendants. Also, the whole operational downgrade possibility would be eliminated. May WN live long with -300s and -700s!
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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 2:42 am

You're right, with slot constraints and only having -700's, WN could just raise fares....but maybe that would bust their low-fare reputation and do more harm to their image than ever. Who knows? Adding the -800 could also cause scheduling/rotating issues as well.
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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 4:51 am

No they will never have -900s or -800s. They carry too many passengers. That would be pretty neat to see -800/-900s in SWA colors.  Smile
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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 4:55 am

It seems to me that the best thing to to on the future would be to retire the 732, 733, ans 735, and make it only 736 and 737, although some of the 733s and 735s are almost brand new, so it probably wont be happening soon.
 
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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 5:01 am

In my eyes WN isn't really a low-cost airline... Last year I was in the US (I'm from Germany) and I wanted to fly to Las Vegas from PHX and they wanted about 400 US$... And that ain't cheap! So I took a car....
So having the -800 in the fleet shouldn't be such a big problem...
 
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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 5:06 am

>>>I wanted to fly to Las Vegas from PHX and they wanted about 400 US$.

With all due respect, I doubt SWA charges that between PHX-LAS.
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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 10:01 am

That $400 fare must have been last minute because PHX-LAS has over 15-20 daily departures to LAS and charge anywhere from $60-$120 RT on that route...


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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 10:23 am

I work for Southwest. Rumor has it that were may get them. No 900, but possibly some 8's. The only problem is that the 800/900 needs one more f/a. Also, our 20 minute turn arounds would most likely not be 20 minutes on the 800.


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RE: SWA 737-900

Mon Nov 12, 2001 11:39 am

I work for SWA too and I've never heard that rumor; in fact I've heard the opposite.
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