Triple Seven
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The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Sat Jan 31, 2004 1:59 am

Does anyone know if 9M-AAB (737-36N) is still flying for AK or was returned to GECAS? I think it was last photographed on July of 2003 still resplendent in the old AK color.

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Udo
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Sat Jan 31, 2004 6:59 am

Hi Christopher,

9M-AAB left AK's fleet in mid 2003, and it was indeed (early) July. The aircraft is now flying for Garuda Indonesia as PK-GGY, delivered to GA in July 2003.


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Triple Seven
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Sat Jan 31, 2004 7:53 am

Udo - Thank you very much for the information. I think 9M-AAB was the only brand new 737 in AK. Delivered directly from Boeing to AK (leased from GECAS).

It is interesting that AK rid herself of -AAB while undergoing expansion. High leased cost reasons?
 
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Sat Jan 31, 2004 2:24 pm

Yes I wld also assume due to the high lease cost. It was the newest plane in its fleet being delievered in 1996. Currently just for cheaper leasing rates, AK opearates planes as old as 17 years. Nonetheless, these older -300s have undergone heavy mx D check.
 
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Sat Jan 31, 2004 4:16 pm

They have received five older ex-US Airways planes which resulted in the average fleet age going up to 15 years! Leasing rates must be really cheap.


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odie
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Wed Feb 04, 2004 6:40 am

I flew on 9M-AAK and 9M-AAL last month and their interiors didn't even show any sign of aging. Both aircraft were refurbished with leather seats and I must say, AK's interior is definitely more pleasing to the eyes compared to US' B733.
 
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Wed Feb 04, 2004 4:02 pm

AK apparently have a mix bag of EFIS and non-EFIS equiped 733s. If I recall US Airways 737-301s are the first -300 built (1984) hence they have the old 'conventional' flight deck.

Odie - You ought to write a trip report on AK. Not often will one find an AK report  Smile
 
odie
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Thu Feb 05, 2004 2:23 pm

Triple Seven: I will try, but right now, I have other reports (P Chem Lab report, if anybody is interested and have taken it before - you know it's hell!) that I need to write!
 
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RE: The Fate Of AirAsia's 9M-AAB

Thu Feb 05, 2004 2:52 pm

Yes those recently and those that will be delivered are going to get interior refurbished as they get their D checks. 2 ex-CO B733s are rumored to be going to AK as well, they are now in Singapore going through heavy mx check.

AK's fleet does have a rather high avg age.

I can confirm some are non-EFIS.

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