AA737-823 wrote:Aah, but that would have required the NGS system mod to be installed on virtually all of the 757-222 fleet. And that's a decision that, at least until recently, had been made in the "nope" category for even the PS birds that were kept.
The birds were old, and pretty beat up, inside and out. I flew in several post-merger, and was... pretty surprised by the conditions of the cabin. And I say that as an airline A&P, with thick skin for cabin squawks!
And UA brass at the time said that each 752 retirement / conversion to 739ER was saving them $2 million a year, right off the bat.
It was a sensible decision, albeit an imperfect one, and one with some negative consequences.
NGS was a huge deal... about $500k per frame on the 757, IIRC. That, with a need to reconfigure cabins to achieve higher seating density, add winglets, and still be at a CASM disadvantage to 737s on similar stage lengths, and United's justification for unloading the fleet when it did was not completely unreasonable.
Just like anything else, the decision was proven to have both good and bad effects.