Yeah, sure 400 sounds awesome. I mean we all love to boast and Tony is well known for that, for his attempts to be the Sir RB
of Asia. But I fail to understand, how would AK
have a market bigger than that of the USA? I'm assuming AK
is counting the whole of ASEAN's population against that of the USA. If so, wouldn't (1) the % of people able to afford air travel dramatically higher in the USA generally, and (2) Southwest has the entire USA market available to them as domestic flights, whereas AK
is restricted to bilateral aviation agreements with all 11 ASEAN countries. To have access to the market like Southwest does, AK
would need a full open sky among ASEAN countries, something I wouldn't be too optimistic about at this stage, and even then, looking at the rate of development it is certainly not going to happen anytime soon.
So, should we say then Tony is once again boasting beyond his dreams? A fleet of 400 for AK
? Maybe... I'll keep dreaming for now though. They certainly have the potential and if that is going to happen (god knows how many years later), I cannot imagine how they are going to manage a large fleet of 400 seeing how they are struggling with their B733s. They better put their acts together, and use the A320s as a starting point for that purpose.