TheDBCooper wrote:They could just take their 717 fleet back off leasr from DL...Clearly, if Boeing hadn't been so shortsighted they could've, I dunno, sold them some 717s, or something.
Sarcasm aside, the global trend for airlines is increasing seat numbers. I think Southwest will do quite well with their current and planned fleet.
LotsaRunway wrote:System load factors have risen into upper 80 percent range...
MalevTU134 wrote:WN would lose all of the simplicity and benefits of operating a single-type fleet. If you look at it, (almost) all successful LCCs (if you can call WN that) use a single aircraft type, at least for short-haul: Ryanair (and its sister companies worldwide), Wizzair, Norwegian, most of the Asian LCCs.
And while you are right on the average aircraft size going up, so does the size of the population of most of the cities they serve, as well as the average disposable income. And those bigger planes are not necessarily more expensive to operate than the smaller ones they parked. Take a 738 compared to a 732 for example. Those extra seats hang along more or less for free on the -800 compared to the -200.
FlyPNS1 wrote:Given WN's CASM and the likely costs of operating any 100 seater aircraft, the economics of a 100 seater simply don't make sense for WN. You'll notice none of the LCCs and/or ULCC's are banging down the door to buy up lots of new 100 seaters. There's a reason for that. The economics just don't work for most LCC or ULCC missions.
cheapgreek wrote:tjwgrr wrote:
Too close to the 737MAX-7. The MRJ-90 at 88 seats would be a good regional plane and I think Mitsubishi would offer a deal they could not refuse. No major in this country has ordered any MRJ's and the only carrier in the US is Skywest for 100 frames. The scope clause is hurting sales.
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