Both Boeing and Airbus have been known to bend over backwards to win certain orders. The recent AirTran order is one of these examples, no doubt. BUT- generally, no one is willing to admit how much anyone paid. Certain blue chip credit airlines (AA, CO
) get their discounts. And then, other airlines, which may not be nearly as high profile get huge discounts, like JetBlue. JetBlue originally intended to be a 737 airlines, according to Neeleman, but Airbus approached with a price that Boeing refused to match. Result? JetBlue goes Airbus.
So- no two 737s have ever cost the same dollar amount!!! Haha.