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B 737 NG With European Flag Carriers

Wed Jul 12, 2000 12:25 am

Hi folks,

What do you think about the future of the B 737 in (Western) Europe. At the moment there are still some important fleets of -300, -400 and -500 aircraft in service with European flag carriers, but there aren't any orders that have been placed recently in order to replace them with the new generation series.

On the contrary! Most European carriers have purchased Airbus A 32S aircraft for their narrow body fleet. As a result, with each retirement of a B 737 in Europe, the Airbus fleets become bigger and bigger and Boeing is going further towards extinction.

Among the rare exceptions are KLM, the Dutch flag carrier and - until recently SAS - as well as some charter airlines.

All the rest, including the most important flag carriers such as Air France, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Iberia, Sabena, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and last bot not least British Airways have become dedicated Airbus customers now.

Do you think that Boeing will manage the change for the better or is it more likely that, for a long time, they will not sell any narrow bodies to major European operators any more?


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RE: B 737 NG With European Flag Carriers

Wed Jul 12, 2000 12:35 am

Swissair, Sabena and Austrian will probably never order 737NG's since they have committed themselves to an all-Airbus fleet.
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RE: B 737 NG With European Flag Carriers

Wed Jul 12, 2000 1:11 am

Well, it seems that most of the major European carriers have made their decision (for A32X), and it's extremely unlikely that any of those will purchase 737NG's.

However, the 737 is still going strong in Europe, with many other carriers ordering the 737NG

to list a few

KLM (as you noted)
SAS (except for the A321 they went for 737NG)

as well as others, so you'll see the 737 around Europe for some time to come

I think one of the major reasons for this is that the aircraft commonality plays much better with the European carriers as the pilot unions do not object (in most cases) to cross qualification, whereas in the US it's a non starter

Anyway, good to see both A and B flourishing!

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RE: B 737 NG With European Flag Carriers

Wed Jul 12, 2000 2:31 am

You didn't mention Virgin Express.
They have ordered, not long ago, B737-700's. They are based in Brussels and they currently fly the 300 and 400. The first 700 is expected next year, if not next year, 2002.
CityBird also has ordered NG737's, I beleive 800's.

Isn't Britannia operating the 800? I think they do. Britannia has always had an all Boeing fleet.

Hapag-Lloyd was the launch customer for the 800 and SAS was the launch customer for the 600. Two of the four NG models were launched by European airlines.

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RE: B 737 NG With European Flag Carriers

Wed Jul 12, 2000 2:44 am

Hapag Lloyd will probably buy the B767-400, too. They decide between A330-200 and B767-400.
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