..By the way will AW get the A321IGW to replace the 757s?
There are 50 A32X options in this order which could very well be firmed up into A321 HGW models. I've heard a lot of speculation they indeed want this airplane, but it depends a lot on the engine manufacturer.
AW has been pushing for a higher thrust version of the V2500 dubbed the "-7". It appears this is in the direction of happening from my read of the news at their website. http://www.v2500.com
This aircraft purchase covers 77 aircraft total, a -BIG- win for AI. I also believe this makes things increasingly difficult for the 717/MD-95. The pending AeroMexico/Mexicana (CINTRA) order is probably the one that will either save the 717/MD-95 or bust it.
Speculating on that one, I see it quite possibly going for AI at the rate things are going. These guys are on a roll with the sales effort and I dont see a let up any time soon, nonetheless there could be surprises. Nothing is a foregone conclusion anymore in this business. And come Monday with the EL AL announcement, shall see what happens there.
A truly remarkable sales effort going on.
Here is the text of the press release of this order and URL for it:
Thursday October 21, 9:01 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: America West Holdings Corporation
America West Announces Airbus Order; Airline to Add
A318 to Fleet
PHOENIX, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- America West Holdings Corporation (NYSE: AWA - news) announced today a definitive agreement between its wholly owned subsidiary, America West Airlines, Inc. and Airbus Industrie, pursuant to which the Airline placed firm orders for 15 Airbus A318-100 aircraft and 12 Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Under the arrangements announced today, the Airline
will also receive options and purchase rights to purchase 50 ``A320 family'' aircraft (A318s, A319s, A320s or A321s). Deliveries for the firm order A320 aircraft will begin in August 2000 and continue through 2004. The firm order A318s are scheduled to be delivered in 2003 and 2004.
``This very competitively priced order supports our strategic plan to grow the Airline and maintain our industry leading cost structure,''
said W. A. Franke, America West Holdings chairman, president and chief executive officer. ``We are excited about the addition of the
A318 which will permit the Airline to replace our 737-200 aircraft early in the next decade and continue our strategy of more frequent
service to key business markets.''
``America West is already one of North America's top customers for Airbus Industrie, and we are honored that it will also be one of the
first U.S. customers for the A318,'' said Noel Forgeard, chief executive officer, Airbus Industrie.
The A318 is the newest and smallest member of the A320 family. Though it will feature a shorter fuselage than the A319, the A318
shares the same cockpit, avionics, fly-by-wire flight management systems and cabin width as the other members of the A320 family and
has 2,000 miles of ``hot and high'' range. Airbus Industrie has announced orders for the new model from TransWorld Airlines, Air
France, ILFC and, most recently, America West's marketing partner British Airways. America West expects to configure the A318
with 110 seats, 12 in first class and 98 in the main cabin.
America West's A318s will be powered by a new engine, the PW6000, being designed by the Pratt & Whitney division of United
Technologies Corp. specifically for the new aircraft. The new A320 orders will be equipped with IAE V2500-A5 engines manufactured
by IAE International Aero Engines AG. The Airline's existing A319s and A320s are also powered by the IAE V2500.
``The commonality of the A318 with our existing Airbus fleet ensures that the new aircraft can be cost effectively operated and
maintained by the Airline's Airbus pilots and mechanics,'' said Gilbert D. Mook, the Airline's executive vice president and chief
The order includes options to purchase an additional 25 A320 family type aircraft beginning 2004 and ending in 2006 and 25 purchase
rights for A320 family aircraft for delivery beginning in 2007 and ending in 2008. Subject to certain limitations, the arrangements provide
that the specific model to be purchased (A318, A319, A320 or A321) will be selected at the time the option or purchase right is
exercised allowing America West significant flexibility in matching aircraft type to mission and demand. The purchase rights, a new
concept being offered to Airbus customers, provide America West with fixed prices for the subject aircraft but postpone the
determination of the aircraft model, delivery date and the Airline's commitment until a later date.
America West has flown the A320 since 1991 and the Airline introduced the A319 in late 1998. America West currently operates a
fleet of 37 A320 and eight A319 aircraft with another three A320s and 14 A319s on firm order before today's announcement. The
unexercised options included in the Airbus order announced by America West in 1997 were relinquished as part of the new order.
America West Holdings Corporation is an aviation and travel services company with 1998 sales of $2.0 billion. Its wholly owned
subsidiary, America West Airlines, is the nation's ninth largest carrier serving more than 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and
This press release, as well as releases issued in the past year by America West Holdings and its affiliates, can be accessed on the
America West Internet site at www.americawest.com.
SOURCE: America West Holdings Corporation