Does not look like they are paying that much for the plane ($38 Million
Even airliners.net list the plane at extimated $36 Million ($36 Million
Right now the 737-700 is selling great and the A318 is selling really poorly. I bet that Tarom made a good deal with this plane, and I also doubt they got slapped with a penalty, especially if they order it with the P&Ws (engine deal is yet to be announced).
I think Frontier would like the plane to cost 30 Million or less, but they still like the plane for doing everything the 737-200 did just better. I am not trying to compare the 737-200 to the A318, what I mean is for Frontier's needs, which was a single aisle plane that has about 110 seats, it does the trick to their satisfaction.
This is not a A vs. B posting, just posting facts. I personally like both the A318 and the 737-600. I also like the E170 - 190 and the 717. The only plane I really don't care for in this market is the CRJ 700 and CRJ 900 because I think they are too small for the amount of people they carry.