|Quoting AADC10 (Reply 20):|
There was also a reason for B6 selling it while it was still taking on new aircraft.
As I stated in a prior post, N522JB wasn't sold, it was returned to the lessor. Other JetBlue A320s, however, were sold. As I recall, they were sold when B6
was trying to slow their heavy growth in the 2005-07 time period and the A320 market in Europe was still somewhat strong, so it made some sense for them to unload their oldest owned aircraft and return 522 to the leasing company.
|Quoting milesrich (Reply 18):|
Dispose-a-plane. It will be interesting to see what Delta does. I flew on an A-319 for the first time earlier this week, ATL-MDW-ATL. (I had flown on the A-320 several times on UA and NW but it was years ago). I am not knocking Airbus. Although Delta says the seat width is the same as the 737, the wider fuselage at hip room and wider aisle make the airplane more comfortable than a 737NG, but noisy, oh boy. When descending, the air whistles from those doors. The Flight Attendants, Delta Heritage, were definitely not lovers of the aircraft. On the flight to MDW, the A Line doing the safety announcement showed obvious disdain for the aircraft, especially the way he informed us we were on an Airbus. Another senior gal remarked to me that they call it the Rice Krispies plane because it makes snap, crackle, pop noises. Let Air France and Condor fly them. USA carriers should buy Boeing. Free Trade is a joke.
I find this an incredibly ridiculous view, and I disgaree with almost every part of. The smaller Airbuses are not any noisier than similar Boeing 737s, in my opinion, and the extra width is barely noticeable (but appreciated). If the FAs at Delta don't like them, so what? I am always amused at the number of people on this site who base their "knowledge" of aircraft or the direction of an airline based on what they perceive from a small number of flight attendants or pilots. And as for Free Trade, you must be kidding. Being forced
to 'Buy American' would put far more American workers out of a job than it would put people to work. How many people in the USA owe their livelihood to Airbus and related suppliers? Or Honda, Toyota and Nissan, if you want to use an automotive analogy? Perhaps FT
is best left for a different forum but basically I feel that competition, while painful and brutal at times, brings out the best in workers and companies.