Give me a break regarding the CO
733 comment...A good sign of an airplane's worth is the maintenance done to it by the previous carrier. Note that a good portion of CO
-82s have gone on to fly for other carriers, quite a few more than US's (granted that theirs are -81s). And also note that COs 737-300s are almost all accounted for since they've gone to the desert, becoming cargo birds for TNT in Belgium, and soon to become Mesa's 737-300s (Ship 308 should be the first one I'm told)...even the 3 -500s were snatched up within a week of returning to the lessor.
Anything in Mesa's contract preventing them from flying them for a carrier that has yet to start service? VirginRed (USA, whatever) anyone?