|Quoting Richardw (Reply 3):|
Will IB eventually be all Airbus, or are those MD-8Xs hanging around for a while?
Richard, on February 25, 2005, IB
announced it was replacing its entire fleet of 19 MD87, 13 MD88, 7 B757 and 'older' A320's with 30 firm orders and 49 options [79 total] for A318/319/320/321 examples. The order is IB
's largest order ever, exceeding its 1998 contract for the A320 family, totaling 50 firm/25 options [75 total].
Interestingly, this order represents IB
's first experience with the A318 and affords the carrier considerable flexibility regarding model types, delivery timing, financing, etc.
Also, in the same press release announcing the A320 family 'mega order', IB
announced it was STILL considering the B787 and A350 for its long-haul fleet. Boeing went ALL
OUT to market the B737NG in February 2005 and had already been licking its wounds after losing out to Airbus in 2002, when IB
chose the A340-600 over the B777-300ER to replace its aging fleet of B747-256B's [BTW, IB
just recently phased-out its last 742 from the fleet].
So, other than the four ex-SQ 747-412's leased from AirAtlanta, IB
will be an all-Airbus carrier once it replaces its MD
's and 757's over the next few years.
It is unknown when IB
will make an announcement regarding the B787 v. A350 decision.