After reading another post and learning that Boeing said that an unexpected US carrier could place a launch order for the 7E7
I think I was the one who said it, after reading a statement from Boeing as well as a discussion at a Yahoo! group. The consesus we came to was either ATA (supplement their 753 and replace their L1011), or CO
for their decent financial status (but their 767s are relativly new). UA
will need them eventually, but they are in no position to do so. AA
will need a replacement eventually, but they are not in a great position either. Ditto for DL
Could WN create a second airline which focuses exclusively on international flying to major destinations?
experimented with the 727 early on, and dumped it in favor of more 737s. I believe WN
came very very close to ordering the 757, but Boeing would not finance the number of 57s that Herb wanted. So that was a no go as well. I'm hinting that while it seems ordering widebodies would be blasphamy at WN
, Southwest has considered larger a/c in the past.
ever did expand into wide-bodies, it would be with the 7E7. The rock-botton acquistion cost almost seems targeted at WN
. The range seems great, with the ability to fly almost anywhere in the world with a single type (no ER
garbage) but an all or nearly all economy 7E7 would seat nearly 300. The 200 pax figure for the base model is given in a generous 3-class configuration.
It would require an extensive shake-up at WN
(personell, pilots, mechanics, flight attendents, scheduling, Rapid Rewards, ext) to make any international work. Could it be done? Maybe, but I'd rather see a smaller fleet type or IFE first.