Two thoughts; talented airline staff are currently under-utilized
"Are you suggesting they will now be willing to work 'for less over the near term'? In the U.S., Canada, or Western Europe?" yes
"Hah, hah, hah, hah, hah."
... tip hat
"the market comes back robustly in years 3-5," no
"they'll want the 321neos on order," yes
"and maybe some MAX8s" no
"If it doesn't, they'll be happy keeping 717s and receiving A220s." yes
"DL acknowledged it didn't have firm agreements for new aircraft deferrals. ..they had 204 new aircraft committed
for '20-22." thank you, 'tip hat icon'
"204 new aircraft 'will be accepted in' '20-22" no
Another important fact that people are forgetting is the FAA ordered DL a few years ago to replace the Zodiac Slimline seats found on the 717 and MD-90 by 2022. Before COVID-19 hit, DLs plans were to retire the MD-90 instead by 2022 (the seat issues probably had something to do with it) and there were reports floating around last year that DL would mod the 717s and add PTVs into the new seats. ...https://www.ajc.com/business/faa-requir ... Mz541qddJ/
thank you 'tip hat icon'
The 737 and A320 are gaining 3D printed parts because that is cheaper for new production, which supplies cheaper spares. Ok, the engines are cheaper per overhaul, but last I looked needed 2.5X as many overhauls. I hope the 717s remain, but this is all about short term cash flow.
thank you, 'tip-hat icon'
Would you consider?... If I was a pilot, mechanic, airline professional in the middle of my career there would be a significant thought theme to be considered. I would appreciate that the industry had gone through a period of comparative prosperity over the last several years. There would be a bemoaning thought of the load of sh!t that covid just dumped on the runway. But you have to ask yourself, are you in a marathon? There are really two paths; the first
(leadership) path is what can I do for the myself/company; re-certify, certify on a new aircraft, lead a maintenance project, replace bad seats on a parked plane... (Respects that union/other rules inhibit activities/flexibility, there are times of crisis when rules need to be relaxed for the overall good.) What is certain/permanent is that you left 110% of yourself on the field during the darkest moments.
The medical hypothesis is that this coming winter will be covid worse than than 2020; with an optimism that we will environmentally adapt.
"an MD90 life-extension is overly optimistic? perhaps retiring the MD95 is tilting pessimistic?" for your consideration: yes & yes