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AS To Acquire B-737-800 Soon?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 1:19 am

While it has been known for quite some time that AS is looking over the B-737-800 for a potential replacement for the MD-80s and even the B-737-400 fleet, a new rumor has them picking up some -800s originally destined for American Airlines that were deferred after 9/11. Supposedly Boeing offered them for a price that AS couldn't refuse.

Any Boeing watchers out there able to confirm this?
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RE: AS To Acquire B-737-800 Soon?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 1:25 am

The 737-400s are still too young to be replaced.

I can understand the MD-80s. But I don't see Alaska Looking for a 737-400 replacement until at least 7-10 years.

Aren't some of there 737-400s only around 8 years old?

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RE: AS To Acquire B-737-800 Soon?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 2:23 am

I agree. The 734 fleet is generally younger than the M80 fleet. Replacement of the M80 fleet due to age and commonality before the 734 fleet would make sense.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
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RE: AS To Acquire B-737-800 Soon?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 2:37 am

Once again, the -800s are rumored to replace the MD-80s first and foremost, with more supposedly replacing the -400s further down the line (several years off).

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RE: AS To Acquire B-737-800 Soon?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 3:35 am

I agree that it would make sense for AS to pick-up some 738s, especially if they are available at bargain prices.

If the 738s are acquired, they could replace the MD80 or 734 from the start....while the MD80s are a bit older and are now the "odd member" of Alaska's fleet, I think AS will retire aircraft on a case-by case basis. Aircraft that require heavy maintenace may be the first to leave, regardless of whether it is a 734 or MD80, followed by aircraft covered by leases that are expiring or can be terminated without penalty or modest penalities. I believe that a good number of the AS 734 fleet was taken under lease. Another factor will be resale possibilities.

I understand that this is just a rumor.....did AA defer more 738s? I thought that most of the deferred aircraft are going to Qantas, which needed many new aircraft in a hurry. Any info?
 
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RE: AS To Acquire B-737-800 Soon?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 12:29 pm

Regarding the age of Alaska's 737-400 fleet. The oldest ones are 10 years old and the newest ones are 3 years old.
 
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RE: AS To Acquire B-737-800 Soon?

Sun Aug 04, 2002 10:56 am

I would love to see AS acquire half a dozen or so 738s for use primarily on their new trans-con routes. Alaska is flying 73Gs at or near capacity to BOS, ORD and IDA/DCA, but I think it would be premature to move these flights up to 739s (52 seat capacity jump). However, I think the 738 capacity would be perfect (perhaps 140-150 seats in AS configuration). Furthermore, I would assume these aircraft to be equipped with video screens, since they were originally destined for AA. By acquiring these aircraft, AS could offer IFE on their long-haul flights without having to go to the unneccessary measure of installing IFE on all 21 of their 739s and 73Gs.

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