|Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 2):|
Didn't CO acquire the MD80's through one of their mergers (PeopleExpress or Frontier) or did they order them directly from MD? Or was it the 733's they got from a merger? I can't remember which.
NY Air was a seperately owned airline that was owned by the Texas Air Group, the then owner of CO
) - NY Air was folded into the new expanded CO
oepration at the same time that CO
took over People Express (Feb 1987 I believe)......NY Air operated MD80s, 733s and DC9S aircraft all which were returned to the CO
did pick up some ex-Frontier 732s and MD80s as part of the People Express deal (PE had just bought Frontier One - part of why PE
collapsed) and got 731s/732s/72S/747 aircraft from People Express. (PE
's fleet was all second hand, the 731s were ex-LH, the 732s were ex-PW and CP
, the 72S were ex-DL (NE), ex-AZ and ex-BN and the 747s were from a variety of airlines including ex-QF).
733s were ordered by Texas Air group (that is why the 737-3T0 code and not the standard X24 CO
code) - its interesting that originally some of the 733s were intended for EA
but that never happened as EA
closed down. Some of the 737-3T0s went to other carriers via leasing companies (CO refused delivery on some due to finances) but most if not all made they way back to CO
over the years. CO
also operated seven 737-3Q8s which were much newer than the -3T0s (and actually had more in common with the CO
735s than the other CO
733s) but those aircraft left the CO
fleet after 9/11 and were re-leased to Buzz, the KLM low cost subsidiary that got merged into Ryanair.....those 733s are now with a variety of other operators but that is another story.
MD80s were also acquired second hand from Muse Air, Air California, Hawaiian, Alaska, and some others, aside from a good number of new builds from the factory.
To say it as kindly as I can, the CO
fleet just after the PE
merger was one big mess.