Why?check this report from news.airwise.com
Two airlines have inquired about 35 106-seater Boeing 717 jetliners on order from troubled Trans World Airlines Inc. which may come back on the market if a proposed merger with American Airlines parent AMR Corp. goes ahead.
AirTran Holdings Inc., which like TWA ordered 50 of the airplanes, and Midwest Express Holdings Inc. have said they might snap up TWA's 717s, which could be available at attractive prices.
Boeing has already delivered 15 717s to TWA and about 30 to AirTran.
By April Midwest Express will decide on USD$1 billion worth of new orders for 20 100-seat jets to replace DC-9s and MD-80s at its main airline plus 20 regional jets for its Skyway Airlines unit, which had planned to buy the discontinued 44-seat Fairchild Dornier 428JET.
Spokeswoman Lisa Bailey said Midwest Express was considering the 717 and a competing model, the A318, from Boeing rival Airbus Industrie.
"The 717s have availability in mid-2002 and the A318 in 2003," she said, noting the airline had enough fleet flexibility to go with either model.
AMR has not yet decided the fate of the 35 undelivered TWA 717s. If it abandons them, it could spell an opportunity for Midwest Express.
Aside from the TWA and AirTran deals, which were reportedly done at big discounts from the current list price of USD$35 million per plane, Boeing has secured only 53 more orders with leasing companies and small airlines.
I don't care if AA abandoned 717 or not, just don't get the 318s. (Don't u guys think is strange that AA got tons of 738 in the future then another load of 318 joining AA's fleet?)