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US Airlines And The 737-600

Sat Oct 18, 2003 7:59 am

Why don't any of the US airlines use the 737-600? I dont know too much about the aircraft so any info would be great.
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RE: US Airlines And The 737-600

Sat Oct 18, 2003 8:02 am

It's too heavy to justify buying it. Same thing goes to the A318.
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RE: US Airlines And The 737-600

Sat Oct 18, 2003 11:14 am

The 737-600 is not attractive to US airlines because it is largely a replacement aircraft for the 737-500. The -500 is a relatively new aircraft and is in service will only 3 US carriers (Southwest, Continental, and United) all of whom are not interested in replacing their 737-500 fleets.

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RE: US Airlines And The 737-600

Sat Oct 18, 2003 11:28 am

Southwest is basing its future on the B 737-700NG only and no other 737 type.

UAL has A 320s for the future for the low density routes.

And as for CO, the 735s will eventually be replaced by B 737-700s or larger CRI/EMB variants.

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RE: US Airlines And The 737-600

Sat Oct 18, 2003 11:42 am

It has nothing to do with weight. Just its operating cost per seat mile is very high. Even the -700 cost per mile is high, but can work. So, the -600 is not real attractive. CRJ-700's or EM-170s would be equally and more attractive to the -600 due to cost and who flies them (regional v. mainline). There could be a limited market for -600's, but the 737 operators seem less interested in them than A-320 family operators are in the 318.
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RE: US Airlines And The 737-600

Sat Oct 18, 2003 11:55 am

The operating cost per seat mile for the 736 is related to its weight and capability.

The 736 and A318 were designed for the days when service to every airport in the Northeast from LAX and SFO, and vice versa to all the regional California airports from EWR, IAD, ATL, and BOS, was going to be viable due to an unprecedented economy.

Now that time is long since past... and we're flying RJs and lighter planes to our hubs and putting people on less frequencies of larger airplanes again.

Also... the 318s operating cost is a touch better than the 736s... the 736 and 73G have equal trip costs, but the 73G gives you more seats to make more profit.

We'll see how the 318 does for HP, F9, and AF.

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737-600 Operators?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 12:04 pm

Off topic : Which airlines are currently and going to operate the B737-600 ?

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RE: US Airlines And The 737-600

Sat Oct 18, 2003 5:48 pm

B737-600 operators:
Scandinavian Airlines - 30 (3 of them on short time lease to Air Europa)
Tunis Air - 7
China Southwest Airlines - 6
Air Algerie - 5
Lauda Air - 2
And Malev have 6 on order


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