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AS Looking At B-737-800

Wed Apr 24, 2002 3:19 am

From the April 19, 2002 "Alaska's World" newspaper:

"Currently, we have 102 aircraft in our fleet, and our plan is to grow the fleet to 110 aircraft by the end of '03. The question right now, though, is how we're going to do that. While we're scheduled to take delivery of five new aircraft from Boeing, we're also to return 11 leased aircraft this year; six MD-80s and five 737-400s. So we're considering extending leases on some of these aircraft, as well as acquiring additional aircraft. And looking ahead, we're reviewing how the 737-800 might fit in our fleet, since it's the natural Next Generation aircraft to replace both the MD-80 and the 737-400."

Seems like there's some tire-kicking going on in Seattle! The -800 would be a great fit.
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RE: AS Looking At B-737-800

Wed Apr 24, 2002 3:52 am

It's actually kind of strange they haven't already ordered it. I thought it would have been the best compromise between the -700 and -900.
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RE: AS Looking At B-737-800

Wed Apr 24, 2002 6:10 am

It's not a compromise, Greg. It's the most logical aircraft to fill in the gap between the -700 and -900. They use -700s on long-range, low-density routes (i.e. SEA-IAD or ANC-ORD), while the -900 is used for high density, shorter-range routes (i.e. SEA-SFO, SEA-LAX). The -900 has inferior lift capabilities to that of the -700 and -800. The -800 would be an excellent replacement aircraft for the 734 and MD80.
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RE: AS Looking At B-737-800

Wed Apr 24, 2002 8:47 am

The 737-800 would be the perfect aircraft for AS to open up new flights to new destinations like JFK and or Orlando.
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