>>>. People don't realize how difficult it makes the delay/swap decisions if you have a mixed fleet like that.
As I've said previously, it's not all that big a deal, as least not as big of one as some may think. Right now, the 122 seat aircraft (-200s and -500s) are a minority compared to the 137 seat aircraft (-300s and -700s), and should a -300 or -700 be out for MX
, it's a relative simple task to swap it with another 137 seat aircraft.
When all we had were the -122 seat -200s, the addition of the first -300s into the fleet did indeed present a few more routing challenges, but only until such time that we took deliver of enough -300s (25 or so) to afford us better flexibility in replacing a busted -300 with another -300 when the need arose.
Should we acquire any -800s or -900s, I think the pattern will again repeat, i.e. replacing a busted -800/-900 with a smaller aircraft will entail a few more challenges until the number of new -800s/-900s reached about 25 aircraft and gives us that basic level of routing flexibility.
Bottomline, even in the event -prior- to reaching that 25 aircraft threshold, the "downgrading" of equipment is not really any insurmountable obstacle.
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