|Quoting PennPal (Reply 15):|
I thought USAirways said they wouldn't buy new Boeings again because of the aftermath of the Pittsburgh crash...
I too would think that whatever animosity existed previously is long since gone following the merger.
|Quoting Crownvic (Reply 10):|
Although the 767 would fit the US system quite well, your talking about an aircraft that is in it's twilight. If it were not for freighter orders by existing operators (i.e. LAN & ANA) and JAL, the 76 line would be done.
I thought LAN and JAL both recently ordered some passenger versions. In any event, given a short delivery cycle, "value pricing", and fleet commonality, I would think a 763ER could be a nice interim lift option for US. Certainly the price would be a huge consideration, but if Boeing wants to get an extra year or so out of the line, they could whip up a 2-3 a year for the next few years to bridge the gap to the next A330 deliveries.
Maybe GECAS could be the third party to make it all happen?
Probably true, but they were Boeing's to screw with. Even if the 757 line was still open, I really wonder how many more they would have sold. I know that CO
is mentioned in regards to the 753, but more than 8-10 doesn't seem plausible. With the 739ER waiting in the wings, it was really the right time to do it.
Also, with the state of the world in that period, with everything hitting the airlines in quick succession, Boeing probably felt that simplifying the product line would be a better way of managing their resources. The less product lines you have, the easier to manage the peaks and valleys. I mean, how many times do you want to go to producing just one or two of a given model per month? It's easier to take the 737NG from 14 to 10 (or 21 or whatever) than deal with all the different lines they had before.
BTW, did anyone suggest above when the first 737 might get the new scheme?