wrongwayup wrote:Thomaas wrote:TObound wrote:It's incredible that the mainline 223 will have one more seat than the Rouge 319. This is what has me questioning what the point of Rouge is. Maybe AC can replace Rouge 319s with mainline 223s in due course and wind down Rouge.
I think that over time you'll see Rouge moving its narrow body fleet to A320/A321 sized aircraft, given that AC can operate the mainline product at lower cost in that size category. AC can hand down quite a few A320s once the 737MAX deliveries resume. They have already been opportunistically purchasing second hand A321s for Rouge on the second hand market.
Definitely. Bought 4x A321s from WOW back in the fall, and have sourced 2-4 more from leasing companies following their liquidation. Add this to the 5 new ones they leased in a few years back. Also adding at least 3 A320s on lease ex-Interjet. From there as MAXes replace mainline A320/A321s those aircraft will be transitioned over to Rouge and A319s will depart as quickly as the pilot agreement allows.
So what's Rouge's limit on narrowbodies and widebodies now? According to Wiki, AC has 41 320s and 15 321s. I am guessing Rouge is going to be maxed out at fleet size pretty quickly in the coming 2 years. Even if only 75% of those mainline retirements go to Rouge and most of that replaces existing aircraft at Rouge, that would still be incredible growth.