All I'm saying is that the E2 is a relatively poor-selling similar-size aircraft to their old 737-300s that Boeing is inheriting and might be inclined to make WN a great offer. Will it happen? Most likely not but ***many*** people said they would never buy anything bigger than a 737-700 too...
I’d love to see a regional plane added (as mainline). However, they could have had that with the 717 and said nope. A bigger 737 is still a 737. An E2 seems like too much for us to hope for.
Since you brought up the 717 that popped an interesting thought into my head. I believe (correct me if i'm wrong) that the former AT 717s are on lease (NOT sold) to DL. Since WN has confirmed that they are planning interisland Hawaii service a few of those planes could really come in handy. Anyone know how long the agreement with DL is for those?
Airtran/Southwest didn't own most of the 717 frames, they were/are owned by Boeing Capital. Southwest subleased them to Delta for the remaining of their lease with Boeing Capital. After the lease from Boeing to Southwest ended for each frame, Delta then began leasing them directly from Boeing. They're never coming back to Southwest.
From Delta's 2014 10-K filing: "Operating Lease Payments, Future Aircraft Leases. Represents estimates of lease payments on the remaining 36 B-717-200 aircraft still to be delivered in 2015 pursuant to our lease agreement with Southwest Airlines and on the subsequent lease agreement with The Boeing Company on our B-717-200 fleet."
From Southwest's 2014 10-K: "The sublease terms for the 76 B717s on operating lease and the two B717s on capital lease coincide with the Company’s remaining lease terms for these aircraft from the original lessor, which range from approximately three to nine years. The leasing of the ten B717s that are owned by the Company is subject to certain conditions, and the lease terms are for seven years, after which Delta will have the option to purchase the aircraft at the then-prevailing market value."
The only way those 717s are coming back to Southwest is if Delta agrees to sell them to Southwest. I highly doubt that'll happen. Given that Delta signed the agreement to lease the 717s in 2012, I expect they'll begin purchasing the ten Southwest owned frames sometime next year.