>>>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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