I've been writing their credit report and spent much of yesterday trying to make head and tail of their fleet - some odd decisions there, but they do ok, and you'd be absolutely amazed how profitable they are. They are no mugs thats for sure, but with a little tinkering they could be absolutely awesome. Some very impressive numbers I must say.
I genuinely cannot tell you how this is going to go - as with everyone else they will be forced to choose between 787 and A350.
* 772ER vs A333X - messy.
* Two different powerplants on their A306s - not ideal. I've been told the A300 will continue in the fleet for a while yet. 787 replacement maybe? Who knows?
* 744 replacement - NOT getting the upgrades in F, C, and Y that the A340s already have anytime soon and thats a surprise, but I guess thats due to them looking to replace their 744 fleets which they do work incredibly hard. Their early 744s must be very, very high on cycles. My heart says A346HGWs in large numbers, and I do think she has a geniune chance at a real swansong at TG
but my head says 77W.
* 734 replacement - I think they will either not replace the narrowbody stuff and transfer it all to NOK Air, or get lots more - A320/737NG - too close to call, but I think A and B will see that as a chance to sweeten any widebody deal with value added "bolt on" orders.
* A345 and A346 - keep hearing things from a number of people (mainly Americans on here it must be said) that they think the A345 isnt up to scratch, but i've spoken to people from TG
who say no complaints - fine aircraft. Difficult to call. If they go for large numbers of the 77W to replace the 744s, then logic dictates 77LR but I am just not convinced.
Ideally - I'd like to see a much simplified fleet - but they are bureaucratic and politically led ie: led by people who are installed politically and who have a political agenda (not that thats always a bad thing) but they know what they are doing, and TG
are an interesting case where you can play SimAirlineManager where money is (almost) no object.
They are very progressive and like Malaysian, only need a little tweak to be far larger and more influential than they are - ie: SQ
Where do I see TG
's fleet by 2012?
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???