legolars
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Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 6:25 am

SAS new planes are the 321/330/340 but still they buy 737ng's

Why is this, why arent they making it all-airbus, isn't that more economic?

anyone?
 
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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 6:35 am

Actually SAS ordered the 737NG before thy became Airbus customers.
When they palaced the order for the 737 they were still loking at the B777, MD11 and A330/340 as posible longhaul aircrafts. The desicion felt on the "busses", and since they needed some aircraft to replace the 767 on european routs they ordered the A321. They choose that because its not that heavy as the 757, and offers flightdeck comonality with its bigger brother.

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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 6:39 am

but other airliners are sometimes changing this, would people here see a posibility for SAS to change their 737 to 319/320 and get an all airbus fleet, or are they to happy with the, which will make it unlikely.

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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 6:44 am

The A318 would be a nice aircraft in SAS colors!
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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 7:01 am

May be the question can be Why is SAS buying A321 instead of B737-900.  Smile

But I don't really understand why does SAS order A321 since B739 has the fleet commonality with 736/73G/738.
 
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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 7:54 am

>May be the question can be Why is SAS buying A321
>instead of B737-900.

That question can be asked of a LOT of airlines - The 737-900 has really a failure when it comes to number of orders - SAS is not the only 737NG customer to say "no thank you" to the 739.

But I think there are two reasons for SAS:
1. Commonoality with its widebodies
2. It just is a better and more capable plane than the 739, overall.

And by having both A321's and 737NG's, they are really in a great bargaining position when it comes time to replace all of the MD-80's since they could go either way.  Smile
 
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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 8:32 am

We really can't call the B737-900 a "failure" yet. Give it some time. I mean, look at the A318, and the A340-500/-600. Submodels are not usually supposed to be hot sellers, just there to please and attract current customers, as in the 739s case.

-Tom

 
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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 9:06 am

2. It just is a better and more capable plane than the 739, overall.

739 in terms of range is vastly superior to the 321!  Laugh out loud

739 can make BOS-LHR, 321 would fall into the Atlantic!
 
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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 9:41 am

Well, as far as I know, they're not planning to fly BOS-LHR with the A321, they're planning to fly the major inter-European routes Big grin
 
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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 9:42 am

Yes,

But who the heck would want to fly a narrowbody across the atlantic? Save a couple of pax on CO752s.

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RE: Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)

Mon Nov 26, 2001 10:43 am

I don't see a reason not to have a mixed fleet.
Look at other STAR Alliance members:
United Flies A320, A319, B737-200...-500
Lufthansa A321, A320, B737 FOR EUROPEAN FLIGHTS.
You've got to look at a bigger picture. Do you think that CEO's of airlines are sitting in their offices and are thinking about this or that feature of one or another airplane? Not a chance, many of them are not aviation enthusiasts!!!! As long as the product falls within the economics of the company then it is good. Mind you, I don't think that Airbus and Boeing have quality difference in their respective types. For example, B737-600 and A 319 are very good airplanes. Would you say B736 is junk, but A319 is the best plane in the world in its category? Nonsense.
They go for the money! IF B757 was expensive and Airbus undersold their A321, an airline strapped for cash will take the cheaper option.
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