TZ has all the 757-300s that we ordered, 12. We have 9 more 738s to be delivered. I am not sure of the new delivery schedule since they were deferred. It is a possibility that order could be changed to 717s?
Word on-line (you know how that goes) is that we are looking at upwards of 100 717s. Like one pilot said, when I see the palm tree on the tail, I will believe it. The new livery is much better as far as I am concerned and will be glad when all the 757-200s have been painted. I have heard the L-10s are getting the "Pleasant Hawaiian" painted over with blue, but have yet to see one. Some of you computer/picture savvy people show us a 717 in ATA livery.
The rumor is that Boeing has many 717s to sell/lease and ATA will be paying for the hourly use. That seems pretty realistic. We'll see. I am certainly hoping for them.
I feel it is highly doubtful that TZ
will merge. I am not so sure there would be a need for TZ
to acquire 717s or FL
to acquire 73s. It would be more believable if I had heard this prior to FL
's 73 order and TZ
's "impending" order of 717s. With each one's current fleet the combination of companies would make for a huge competitor for LLCs and legacy carriers. ATA and AirTran have great products. I ride AirTran to PNS
to visit Mom. The flight attendants have always been great to me and the 717 is an awesome aircraft.
ATA's decision on business class is for several reasons: 1) reduce seats for weight reasons (10 pounds added for each customer recently), 2) decrease the available seats: ASM or CASM, something dealing with all that, 3) Make travel more comfortable for our business customers, 4) to codeshare with certain airlines, and 5) prepare for the Europe service. This is the first I have heard it is to prepare for a merger with AirTran. But, sometimes we are the last to know.