FlyHossD wrote:gwrudolph wrote:I think a fair amount of the near term orders are to upguage the RJs, particularly in the business markets. When they set down the 733s and had no narrowbodies on order, they had to move alot of mainline flying to RJs. Now they are pushing back in the other direction. I believe they will also use some to replace the oldest 752s and perhaps eventually some of the oldest 738s and 739s (toward the tail end of the order).
So, not all of it is for growth.
Over Christmas, I had a good chat with a former pilot colleague about UAL's plans and he referred to the A319s as the new UA RJ. When I asked for an explanation, he said that A319s seem to be flying to a lot of the smaller cities that were recently served by RJs and the new 737s were flying larger markets including hub-to-hub.
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