About the 757s:
I have been told that we were approached by boeing to lease the ex National birds. Instead we renewed the leases on the 75s we currently have at a real good rate. Irony, One moring I seen a Pace 757(ex National) sitting at HP
gate B14 awaiting a sports charter. At Gate A13 was N908AW going empty to LAS
to replace another 57 that went down on MX
Off topic but interesting, I remember reading someones post a few months ago regarding a clause in the 757 leases. They stated that we are not allowed to fly them internationaly. That statement is incorrect. I can tell you for a fact they have (were) been going to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta for the spring break season. The theme planes are suppoesed to go to standard colors when they are due. Arizona, Cardinals, and Nevada (ships 901, 908, 915) look bad and need new paint, whether they are kept in the theme colors or repainted in std. colors, I dont care, they just need paint. Also something needs to be done with Ohio(905AW). It needs to be painted to match the cowling (passenger side) of engine #2 which has been going around for 2 months in green paint.
About the 737s:
I was told in January that the -200s were supposed to be going at the rate of one per month. At the time we had seven. As of last week we still had seven. However, monday I noticed N187AW was not on the schedule. Dont know if it was pulled or just MX
I believe 150AW has been out for some time. I have never seen it in my three months at HP
I know the 737s will be around for some time. We have 37 -300s in active service right now. January, gate A1 in PHX
t4 caught fire. It was a 737 only gate. After repairs, and being reopened, it still is a 737 only gate. In fact we have at least 4, I think 6, 737 only gates in PHX
. The fact that they didnt convert one to handle an Airbus when the opportunity came up tells me something. There was some debate as to convert it or not. On the flip side, gates A26,A28,A29,and A30 are Airbus only.
Now, this should get some people talking. RUMOR was that boeing approached HP
to buy out the leases on our Airbus's and sell us 737NGs. This rumor ran around for a week in January, and I was quite surprised that it dindnt find its way on here. The same source that told me about the proposal, made a phone call to his supervisor, and told me it was not going to happen because Airbus has one or two on our board of directiors. I think the proposal was made, but was shot down. I dont know, I am not that familiar with our board and its relation with airbus.
We will have added 4 more 320s by June. 2 more unknown type by october. Maybe that is where the Addnl 57 rumor came from.
Thats all for now
John, Fleet Service Agent for HP