As I mentioned earlier on the new "startup Int'l LCC" this may be an area where WN
is looking. I don't believe we will see it any time soon, but WN
is not limited to what they have done for so long, the TZ
deal has kind of solidified that into fact. I don't think that it will happen soon, but at some point, two things will occur. 1) WN
will see that their customers not only desire, but demand international travel opportunities. WN
is a solid airline, and believe it or not, there are people who LUV to fly them and would fly them over any of the legacies in a heartbeat. This represents a huge change in their culture, but it is not an unmanageable prospect. 2) At some point, the domestic expansion will stagnate and WN
will either be faced with 0 growth or expansion into untapped markets.
If anyone here feels that WN
is only looking at the 737NG (as awesome as it is) and only looking at domestic routes (as profitable as they have been), you are sadly mistaken. WN
is a business, and as such they are required to look at all avenues of growth and revenue. This may come from additional fleet types or expanded route structure, but at some point, the people in the glass office face the board of directors and have to answer questions about expansion and revenue. WN
is not short-sighted enough to simply discard the idea of an additional fleet type or international routes.
As it is now, there is no need for WN
to add a fleet type or grow internationally, they have all the growth they can handle in the domestic US market. Things change though and if you feel WN
is not poised for those changes, you are a fool. Sure, we won't see a 787 in WN
colors anytime soon, but to simply say it is out of the question in the long run in a short-sighted view with very little business intuition.
is looking at what they need/want now. That is domestic expansion and the fleet type that has served them well and made them profitable...the 737. WN
is also looking at what they need/want for the future. What that enatails is still hidden in the board room discussions and water cooler camps. The truth is, save for a very few individuals here, we are spectators not entitled to the full scale and scope of airlines' business practices. We are simply a group that shares an interest in aviation and enjoys (some of us) the thought of surmising an airline's next move. Speculation on this board is amazing and thought provoking, and that is why I am surprised that no one has ventured off the path to follow an idea and think about what could be going on behind closed doors...
Northwest will refurbish and refit entire DC-9 fleet allowing them to fly until 2050...(sorry, couldn't resist a little humor.)
Mike in AUS