Could this mean orders for the 797? The MAX-10?
I think we should dismiss the 797, as a small airline is unlikely to be thinking about a wide-body which doesn't exist.
Right now the seven
narrow-body USA airlines do not fly routes longer than 2500 nm (Alaska Air from Anchorage to KOA on Big Island of Hawaii)
Alaska Airlines Inc.
Southwest Airlines Co.
Spirit Air Lines
Sun Country Airlines d/b/a MN Airlines
Frontier Airlines Inc.
United flies from Houston to Sydney and Hawaiian flies from Honolulu to Boston (further than HNL to SYD). Delta flies from Atlanta to Johannesburg and American flies from DFW to Hong Kong. Hawaiian is obviously the only small airline to invest in long-range aircraft.
Spirit already goes to 7 destinations in South America in three countries: Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru.
At first glance, you would think that the B737 MAX with it's considerably longer range would open up huge possibilities. For instance, Gol Transportes Aéreos plans to open up a MAX-8 route on the 3300 nautical miles from Brasilia (17 MAP per year) to Orlando.
But Brasilia is only one airport and it is only accessible from Florida on a MAX. The other airports are São Paulo–Guarulhos (43 MAP), Rio de Janeiro–Galeão (15 MAP), Ministro Pistarini (11 MAP), Arturo Merino Benítez (23 MAP) cannot be reached on the MAX.
I just can't see Spirit investing in a new model to just open up a single major destination. What would make more sense is to invest in the longer-range A321neo aircraft and open up all of South America from FLL.
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