As stated in the topic above, why aren't the A318 and 737-600s selling? They provide transcontinental range and fuel efficiency. The only disadvantage they seem to offer to me is the MTOW and maximum passenger capacities. Anyone who responds I respect and thank.
As the jetBlue, USAirways, perhaps even Northwest fleet plans have shown, commonality is far outweighed by the economics of operating a plane built specifically for the 90-110 seat market rather than a shrink of a shrink.
It probably doesnt hurt to produce, or offer production for those models. I would assume both of them go down the same lines as their siblings, just with lesser fuselage segments added. Correct me if I'm wrong.
HP still plans to roll-in the A318 in mass by 2006; widely replacing the B733/732 fleet. I believe the order still is in excess of 40 aircraft.
Can someone provide more details of the America West order?
Yes, it is for HP will deliveries with the new A318 on their way to PHX. And it is first quarter in 2006. I read with the magazine on the america west and I was flew out from FLL-PHX. I am not sure about replace with the B737-200/300 to Airbus A318 aircraft.
Neil is bang on. That is really the only benefit. The seat mile costs of the 736/318 are very high and can only be "compensated" by the reduced mx from the commonality with the 73G/319 etc.
So you will see very few orders for the 736 or 318 (if any) if the larger 73G/319 etc are not already in the fleet. Having said that, SAS launched the 736 but went on to add the 73G & 738. Tunisair ordered the 736 as their only NG but that is the sole example to date.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
Basicly the 737-600 aint going so hot because it costs about the same to run a 736 from A to B as it would a 73G. So you might aswell take a few extra seats and some extra cargo space incase you can fill it, even if you cant then its not really costing you anything so what the hell... But the -600 would be slightly cheeper to purchase.
The Airbus A318/A319 story is basicly about the same as the Boeing 736/73G story above.