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Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Fri Jun 04, 1999 12:13 pm

The 737-600 is about in the same class as the 737-200, the 7372 is accounts for about a third of all classic 737s ordered. 737NGs are setting selling records of their own but not the -600. The youngest 737-200 are 22yrs. old. Both Delta & Southwest have ordered NGs but not the -600 model even though they both havce many old 737-200. SAS has ordered some but there have been few other orders. Is the is the weak link in a very successful chain?

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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Fri Jun 04, 1999 1:26 pm

The 737-600 does not generate much profits. An airline will do much better with a fully loaded 737-800 than a fully loaded 737-600.

The US airline I think might go after the 737-600 might be AirTran because A)There is not a backlog for the 737-600, therefore they will get a quicker delivery and B)The 717 is not capable for routes like Atlanta-Los Angeles, and the 737-600 would fit in perfectly. Both aircraft have about the same capacity.

Southwest should have purchased the 737-600 but its transcontinental routes are doing so well that the airline decided to purchase the 737-700 to fill in that capacity.

BTW, the 737-200 was originally designed as a regional jet, and the 737NGs are now regular transcontinental flyers. The 717 was put in place for regional flights.
 
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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Fri Jun 04, 1999 2:58 pm

I think the -600 is selling slow because there doesn't seem to be much demand for a 100 seater today. The 124 seaters (A319, 737-700) seem to be doing well.
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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Fri Jun 04, 1999 3:15 pm

Sv11 is right. The 736 is too small for most carrier's needs. The additional cost of the -700 is minor compared to the revenue the 20 extra seats can produce...... BTW, the 6/7/800 are all built on the same production line(s)..so there is no reduced 'backlog' for the -600.
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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Sat Jun 05, 1999 7:15 am

So 737-600s are not likley to be used as replacements for 737-200s? Also I think that in my opinion Boeing will develope a longer range version of the 717, this could only hurt the -600.I wonder if they will stretch the 717 a little to increase the number buss. class seats.

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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Sat Jun 05, 1999 7:56 am

The 717-300 is under study by Boeing and AirTran, which will include additional capacity (120 original, but with galleys and wardrobe closets removed on AirTran the # of seats would increase to around 130-140).

Also, the 717-100, also under study by Boeing and AirTran, which will contain reduced capacity (80 original, but with galleys and wardrobe closets removed on AirTran the # of seats would increase to around 90).
 
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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Sun Jun 06, 1999 1:38 am

Wait and see.
Who wanted the 737-100/200 when it came out...not many!
Boeing said that planes like the 757-300, 767-400, 717 are built for a future market, so they could be high-sellers in 2004 or so!
Maybe the -600 will too. Many low-budget airlines, not only in the US, are using the 737-200, but in 5 years these planes will be, if the oil-prices continue to rise, very un-economaly to fly. Then there might be a boost in -600 orders!
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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Sun Jun 06, 1999 1:52 am

I must say that there are loads of 737-300s around, and it is such a great aircraft. I have recently done quite a few jumpseat rides in 733s and it's such a delightful aircraft for a pilot, and probably a five year old 733 is half the price of the 736, which I guess is a kind of "entry-level" 737NG. I know the 733 is a little bigger but it's definitely cheaper. It's just a classic workhorse and way too soon to replace it. Someone who said the 100-seat market is sluggish now is right, plus the waters are muddied by contradictory competition, ie stretched RJs, EMBs, Avros, A318 et al. Not to mention Boeing's own 717 - what is the point of this plane? Unless you're Air Tran? If you're going to invest in new technology, it should be the start of a new line, not the end of an old one (depreciation on 717-200s will be twice that of any 737 or A318-21).
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RE: Why Has 737-600 Not Sold As Well As Other 737NGs

Sun Jun 06, 1999 5:32 am

Some a reply of someone, AirTran said there fleet will only be 717s when they have 50 of them to replace there fleet of DC-9-30s and 737-200s.

That may also inclued futre variants of the 717.


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