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Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 1:08 pm

Just wondering when or IF they will ever consider larger equipment, since they continue to add more transcon flying to their schedules. It would seem to make sense, anyway....
 
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 1:12 pm

It is possible, but I doubt it would happen. WN ordered the 735 back in the 80s/90s which was a breakaway from the 733. However, opperating a 738 or 739 would require an additional FA which would upset WNs crew flexibility. I don't think lack of capacity is a huge issue at WN either.

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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 1:14 pm

I've heard that the problem is that the -800 and -900 need a fourth F/A. The rule is one F/A for every 50 seats. So, if there is a last-minute change of aircraft to a larger 737, then crew scheduling has to scramble to find a fourth F/A.
 
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 1:21 pm

Again, I don't think they'd necessarily fill it with seats.

Their 73Gs are capable of holding a great deal more people than they currently seat onboard. Its reasonable to believe if they operated a 738, they'd just do so with 149 people aboard.

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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 1:38 pm

A 738/739 requires a 4th f/a. WN isnt interested in having more than 3 f/as on any of their flights. It's just easier for them. Plus the 73G have the range to to fly transcontinental flights. If CO can fly from EWR-SEA, and vice versa on a 73G, then WN can do the same. So I don't see WN ordering any 738s or 739s in the future.
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 1:48 pm

I don't know that it ever will happen, but I think there is a much greater possibility that you will see -800's in our fleet than RJ's. If WN were to expand to another aircraft type, it would be planning ahead, not for the present, so I think a larger aircraft rather than a smaller one would be ordered....
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 3:09 pm

Regarding the 738/900 needing a 4th flight f/a, that's only if the configuration is 150 seats or more...as Gigneil mentions, they could fly it with 149, but that wouldn't be practical under their business model.

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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 3:17 pm

If WN ever becomes slot constrained in a signif market such as LAX or MDW, I could see WN ordering a small fleet of 738/739 to be based at just that one market.
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 3:23 pm

What's the point of placing 149 seats in a 738??? Unless there will be a 738 Combi (unlikely) or Southwest Business or Southwest Executive starts up. For $20 more, you get wider seats and 39" pitch!!!
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 3:28 pm

Incidently, where does WN fly their small fleet of 20 735's? Throughout their system? Or are they based in Texas only?

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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 5:28 pm

>>>Incidently, where does WN fly their small fleet of 20 735's? Throughout their system? Or are they based in Texas only?

Actually, there are 25 of the -500s in the fleet, and they go just about everywhere except on the really long-haul flights...

As far as possible -800s/-900s go, the -700 actually has the best range/payload balance of any of the NG variants, and (IMHO) I think we'll be staying with those for commonality reasons. Starting with April deliveries, new -700s are also coming equipped with the more powerful -B24 engines, and all -700s already in the fleet will be upgraded over the next few months.

I think this performance upgrade for the -700s should pretty much quash the -800/-900 rumors (until next time someone brings it up again, that is...)
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sat Apr 10, 2004 7:20 pm

Will WN get -600s to replace their 735s? Will that happen?
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:24 am

"Will WN get -600s to replace their 735s? Will that happen?"
LOL, I dont think so, the 735's have fewer capacity and greater range, the 736 can cram 2 more pax into it but has shorter range, and it obviously doesnt fit very well into the markets in the USA.


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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:28 am

Don't the -800s and -900s require an extra F/A? The extra length also cuts the airplane's range too. But WN would have no problem's filling them up, plus if they install winglets, it might be beneficial. But the -700s already serve WN's needs, especially now that a respectable number have winglets. Does WN plan to install winglets on all of its -700s? I hope so. Have you noticed how much bigger they look head-on with winglets?  Love  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:32 am

Does WN's average load factor warrant a larger aircraft? The 73Gs have all the range they need for a transcon. Plus they seem to like to add frequency w/smaller aircraft over less frequency w/bigger aircraft.

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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:38 am

The 737-800/900 would require addition crew increasing crew costs. In addition, SWA's hourly aircraft costs would be significantly impacted due to increased turn times with these aircraft. These costs cannot be offset in their fare structure by the seats. So the answer is no.
 
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:41 am

Will WN eventually give all of their -700s winglets?
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 3:03 am

"Will WN eventually give all of their -700s winglets?"

Yes, all 700's will get winglets. I believe the deliveries starting in mid 05' will come from Boeing that way, until then, they are all after delivery mods. The latest from training is that the fuel savings for the -300 is even better than the -700, so we may see them on the -300 as well.......
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 3:09 am

What is with the 149 seats?

150 is 3 F/As.
 
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 3:16 am

The 737-800/900 would require addition crew increasing crew costs. In addition, SWA's hourly aircraft costs would be significantly impacted due to increased turn times with these aircraft. These costs cannot be offset in their fare structure by the seats. So the answer is no.

Perhaps, but if WN is unable to grow in some markets due to slot constraints, it may fine it more cost effective to operate larger aircraft than to purchase/lease addl slots or not to grow at all.


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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 3:32 am

Perhaps, but if WN is unable to grow in some markets due to slot constraints, it may fine it more cost effective to operate larger aircraft than to purchase/lease addl slots or not to grow at all.

One of WN's philiosphies is to fly into smaller airports rather than big-city mega airports. There are exceptions to this, like LAX, but WN usually avoids slot constrained airports. And I really don't think there are any U.S. airports with domestic slot restrictions that would interfer with WN.
 
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 6:03 am

WN stays with the -700. here's why (some of these have been mentioned):

1. Commonality. Samne capacity as their -300s. Something breaks, plug and play with another aircraft. No trying to fit 149 passengers on a substitute 137 seat airplane.

2. Frequency. If loads get high enough to where they need more seats.....don't run 5 flights a day with 149 seat planes, run 6 trips a day with 137 seat planes. Frequency always sells.

3. Efficiency and economies of scale. Yes, the -800 or -900 is a lot like the -700. But they aren't EXACTLY the same. The -700 does everything WN wants it to, does it well, so there really is no reason to add another variant. Why have 400 -700s and 100 -800s in your fleet when you can get 520 -700s for the same price?
 
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RE: Is The 737-800/900 Totally Ruled Out For WN?

Sun Apr 11, 2004 7:03 am

What's the point of placing 149 seats in a 738???

The same as only seating 137 in one class on a 73G, while Easyjet seats what, 167 on an A319?

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