I've been thinking about this for a while...
Assuming that the 737-800, MD-83, and A320 all hold roughly the same capacity and have the ability to fly (generally) the same types of routes, would it behoove an airline to choose the older jet, the MD-83 over its newer rivals?
Say the MD-83 has an operating cost of $4,000 per hour, and both the 737 and A320 have an operating cost of $3,000 per hour. Would the leasing rates on the 737 and A320 be high enough (or, looking at it another way, would the MD-83 be that much cheaper) to balance out the overall cost to be equal, or perhaps the MD-83 end up being cheaper?
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