|Quoting MauriceB (Reply 2):|
Great news for both Alaska and Boeing.... This order comes at the right time for boeing, since 2006 didn't had a to good start when looking at orders.
|Quoting 737-990 (Reply 4):|
Also interesting to hear on the conference call is that AS will return two 737-700s back to the leasing company, bring that fleet down to 20 by the end of this year. Is this a CASM decision?
A new agreement with Boeing to speed up delivery of the 737-800s was a "key element" in being able to get rid of the remaining MD-80s by the end of 2008, the airline said.
Switching to an all-737 fleet is expected to save more than $115 million per year in operating expenses once the transition is completed, Alaska said.
But the cost to make the switch will be $750 million. That includes the costs of buying new 737s and training MD-80 pilots to fly the planes. There are also costs associated with selling 15 of the MD-80s and ending the leases on the other 11.
Alaska said it can essentially replace 26 of the McDonnell Douglas planes, which seat 140 passengers, with 18 737-800s that seat 157 passengers. The 737-800s will be used about 11 hours per day, compared with fewer than 10 hours a day now for the MD-80. That's because the new jets will not need to spend as much time in maintenance.
|Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 6):|
Interesting that AS is returning a pair of 73G's.
|Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 8):|
I know that only 19 of the 22 700s have been modified with winglets,
so it is possible that the lessor of these 2 aircraft didn't want them modified.
|Quoting Spartanmjf (Reply 5):|
what is that other successful, profitable airline called that operates an all 737 fleet?
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