If AWA really does order 12 new 757s from Boeing, it will be the most interesting news I've heard from the airline in a long time. They were giving the A321 serious consideration; however, since IAE won't be developing the V2500-A7, Airbus won't be able to deliver the performance U.S. airlines need.
I wonder why they haven't been more aggressive about used acquisitions. National has had no problem getting 757s. Also, the sale-leaseback of a 757 or two a few months ago made me think they were eventually going to dispose of the 57s. N291AN a.k.a. PH-AHK, N916AW, and 24291 is sitting in PHX; I don't know why they haven't snapped this aircraft back up. I believe the lease terms are not favorable. Perhaps a new order allows them better financial terms.