The answer to your question is no. The 767 will be staying at Rouge for another 10 years. I’m not saying all 25 but the vast majority,
There are several projects on the go and proposed for modernizing. The one thing people need to know is these airplanes are essentially free. They make a lot of money for Rougeand don’t tie up a bunch of capital. I think there have been some triggers already made that would allow for the transfer of other types to Rouge however none make enough economic sense to break up what is going so well there.
AC is thrilled with Rouge. It has been nothing short of a home run.
Makes perfect sense. For the aircraft still in their teens, there's no reason why they can't operate at least another decade. As you mentioned though, at least some of the 25 will have to be retired. Are there enough younger 763s with the right engines available to replace them? What's the alternative?
Not sure to be honest. As for the engines the fleet is a mix to begin with. Both Pratt’s and GEs are used so I don’t think that would present much of a problem.
I think the company is doing a capital expenditure balancing act. What is the fleet worth in regards to longer term investment/replacement. Are there some frames that are nearing the end? What to do. Of course people on here would have brand new planes everywhere but fiscally that’s not a great move for people who actually pay the bills.
In terms of the pilots contract I believe theyve reached some triggers whereas they could replace some of the 767s. That would open a bit of a can of worms in terms of another type, training etc. But to be honest I think the 319 fleet is more the target. I think they’d rather get their hands on some 320s with the ability to carry more people. The 767 by no means is perfect. But it’s making them a pile of money so it’s incredibly efficient as a revenue generator.
I think it’s going to be pretty quiet until 2020 as to what amount of reinvestment will be made. The closing of the YVR base should ease up the pressure on the fleet in terms of utilization. As the operational tempo in the summer is incredibly high.
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