I think the resale value of the B737NG won't be lower compared to the A32X. Maybe the current A32X models even fall in value if Airbus decides to update the A32X family in a similar way Boeing did with the NG
And there are still many airlines out there which will sooner or later order more B737NGs. As we already heard, many hundreds of MD
-80s have to be replaced, and also many B737 classics. KLM, LOT, Olympic, Varig, Air China, Qantas, all of them will sooner or later get new NGs or increase existing NG
fleets. The NG
is a hot seller and it will most likely be for many years to come.
However, Airbus still has a large reserves in its A32X family, I hope they will soon start a major 'NG' program.
Airbus for AirTran? I don't think so, most likely their two Ryan A320s are just a kick in Boeing's ass to get better pricing or the most wanted B717-300. I hope the B717 gets the order, we need that fine MDD design to live on.
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