United Airline wrote:
We had so many arguments on whether or not UAL will buy the B 737NG. Some believe that it might while some do not.
Do you guys think UAL will ever go for the B 717? It would be ideal for routes between YVR and SEA. As well as those United Express Routes.
Good question. Simple Answer: FAT CHANCE!
Good question. There is no need for a plane of this size in United's fleet. They already have the 737 and the A32X. They do not need another fleet type in this market.
United Airlines has never operated any of the DC-9 varrients, so why should they start now? They have the Airbusses which can do the job...and can do it better than the 717.
I'm beginning to think that a 737NG order will not happen, but I see that happening before United orders any 717s.
Regarding the United Express routes:
United Express is not United! They are several smaller airlines that have a contract agreement, to operate as United Express feeding people into the United system from smaller markets.
Those airlines are:
-Atlantic Coast Airlines
Those four airlines serves in every state in the United system (with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska) bringing people to SFO, LAX, DEN, ORD, and IAD.
The goal with Express operations is to move roguhly 50 people on a flight from a smaller market to a hub city. Some markets are smaller requiring a 30 seater or even the dreaded 19 seater. Operating a plane with 100 seats is not wise. If you were to do that, you may as well get a 737 and have mainline do so.
But...what about Air Wisconsin?
Air Wisky is owned by United. Though it is a seperate company, the real big decisions about it are made in ORD. Air Wisky is as important to United, as Comair is to Delta.
They operate 100 seater planes, becasue UA wants to opearte longer flights with mainline equipment. If United wishes, the 146 jets could be phases out and 737s or A319s could be used instead. Those 146s serve larger express markets such as Aspen.
In the future watch Air Wisky as the contract with Great Lakes will be ending soon. My feeling is that ACA and Air Wisky will be beefing up their presence in ORD with RJ's and SkyWest will expand a lot more in Denver. All of this expansion would be done on the aircraft perfict for this market...the CRJ!
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