jblake1
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WN & 737-800/900

Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:02 am

As Southwest increases the number non-stop of cross-country routes does anyone feel they might consider purchasing the -800 or -900 series 737?

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RE: WN & 737-800/900

Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:10 am

They said no...not enough set differential revenue to offset the costs of add'l flight attendants needed per FAA...
 
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RE: WN & 737-800/900

Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:11 am

It's doubtful, but who knows.

The -700 can pretty much handle WN's loads at this point. In fact, the rumor is that they're looking for something smaller rather than larger. I don't buy the rumors that say WN is looking at the Embraer 170 and 190, but they're out there.

The -800 and -900, from what I understand, were pretty much designed to be used by "major" carriers. They're big enough to offer a large coach section while maintaining first-class amenities. I don't know the numbers off-hand, but I would bet that an -800 or -900 with no first class could hold close to 200 pax. I don't think WN has any routes that would justify these numbers; WN would rather increase frequencies than buy a bigger plane for most.

Again, I haven't had time to check out Boeing's web site for this, but I also believe that the range of the -700 is longer than the -800 or -900. If this is true, WN would probably rather just stick with the -700.
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RE: WN & 737-800/900

Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:34 am

Actually, Southwest's order for -700s does include the option to switch to -800s as well.
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RE: WN & 737-800/900

Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:53 am

The -800 and -900, from what I understand, were pretty much designed to be used by "major" carriers. They're big enough to offer a large coach section while maintaining first-class amenities. I don't know the numbers off-hand, but I would bet that an -800 or -900 with no first class could hold close to 200 pax.

They're still limited to 189 total on the 739 because there aren't enough exits to legally exceed that number. The proposed -900X would have an additional exit to permit a higher passenger count.
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jblake1
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RE: WN & 737-800/900

Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:17 am

Thanks for the insight guys!

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