WidebodyPTV wrote:sxf24 wrote:Delta absolutely sought out the 737-900ER. While they got a good price, based on what they’ve financed with lessors, it was not the lowest price available.
I know it’s hard to accept, but most airlines buy Boeing aircraft because it is the right plane for the mission and delivers value. It’s the same reason they also buy Airbus.
That's most likely not true. We know that DL evaluated both the 739 and 321. At the time, sources indicated that a 321 order was imminent, but at the 11th hour, Boeing gave DL an offer it couldn't refuse (largely based upon 787 performance penalties owed to DL via NW). Ultimately, DL exercised only 20 of its 40 options, but placed multiple A321CEO orders totaling 127 aircraft (nearly equal to the B739's total). The 321CEO orders kept coming, even as Boeing was desperate to fill 737NG production slots (which is one of the reasons it exercised 10 of its put options).
That's not to say that DL isn't satisfied with the 739. While we don't know the full narrative, the fact that DL kept adding to its 321CEO orders even when Boeing would've met or beat Airbus' price, makes the narrative the DL loves the 739 and was willing to pay a premium for it false.
You can't say its likely not true. DL still exercised options when they could have ordered 321s then, too. DL may have decided the A321 later for different missions. Put another way, just because DL later ordered A321s does NOT mean DL didn't seek out the 737-900ER or that it wasn't the right plane for the mission/value.