|Quoting Stitch (Reply 10):|
I also wonder if Airbus provided some value guarantees on the back-end since an A320 generally doesn't hold it's value quite as well as a 737NG (for when AA looks to resell their planes once the A320neo and 737MAX fleets arrive in quantity).
IMHO, with the increase from 48k cycles/60k hours to 90k cycles/180k hours, the A320 resale values will do much better in the past.
Airbus extended maintenance intervals in 2007. I fully expect them to do so again after the current life extension.
That will help the resale values of the A320s.
Note: the above link noted a further extension of the A320 C-check interval in work in 2010, I do not know if that extension has yet happened. If it did, it will help bring 'in line' A320 maintenance scheduling and further lower type costs.
Longer life with lower maintenance costs will help resale. But not for OEO vs. NEO.
In other words, I think Airbus will do ok with the sale to AA
. I just made my comment as the pricing must have been excellent to convince AA
to break commonality.