Guys dont be so sure....
This may be a "just in time" measure. NW
has been a very good airbus customer the last few years, and I am sure boeing would like to get back in the action.
Now, there is no way in hell we are gonna see 737NG's at NW
, but, if Boeing snubs this carrier it is just an inviation for them to go back to europe.
There is every chance NW
could be the first american passenger A380 order for Asian services (either them or UAL) and NW
is one of the more financially healthy US carriers at the moment. So given all of that, NW
shouldn't be dismissed by Boeing. NW
is certainly in a much better position than American, Delta or United to make any kind of order at the moment, and If i were a boeing executive, id be hounding this one..... cause old DC-9s can't fly forever so keeping these guys happy, is a good start.
Infact if I were CEO of boeing, I'd Give NW
a handful of 717s (fully optioned with higher weights and ventral stairs etc) and tell them that if they like them, they can pay for them in 2 years time. Tie that up to a 757 order and you may find you get your DC-9 replacement finally underway.