qf789 wrote:tullamarine wrote:VA Pushes back B737 Max deliveries to 2019
I think there is a cryptic twist in this. Previously VA referred to its order for the 737 Max8; now it refers simply to 737 Max. I understand the delay helps cash-flow, particularly whilst low fuel prices mean the imperative to upgrade is reduced but I also wonder if this is a prelude to a change from a Max8 to something else such as a Max9 or Max10. There is an argument for the larger model, particularly if VA would like to upgrade the J cabin so there is not such a big gap between J on the A330 and 737 which is obviously an issue on trans-continental services.
There's this speculative piece on VA possibly upgrading J on the 737's
https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-austral ... ness-class
Simply using B738s with a new lie flat seat will reduce the seat count by at least 12-23 Y seats depending on how many J seats. Using B737M-9/10s will retain the current or possibly increase the seat count in Y or J.
If going by the AA A321T is anything to go by (which the -10 will be roughly the same length) then VA or even QF could have a nice premium service similar to the UA B757 JFK-LAX service
https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Ameri ... 21_new.php
Introduce a J/Y+ (35" pitch)/Y or even a F/J/Y+(35" pitch) and you'll have a very nice BNE/SYD/MEL - PER offering