I am not advocating the E190 so there is no need to apologize when NWA doesn't
order the A318.
I am merely pointing out that there is no economic justification to buy the A318 -- near term or long term. Though, honestly, I don't know how you can't understand that the A318 will cost NWA more money
- short term and long term than the E190! Honestly, just do the math!
As I already pointed out, training costs are a mere pittance compared to acquisition costs!! And ALL
crews have to do recurrent training anyway, especially the pilots! So the savings of having the A318 is relatively truly miniscule!! E190 costs training costs are just incremental - they won't even show up as a rounding error on the financial statements.
So, not only would NWA spend an extra BILLION DOLLARS to buy the A318 than the E190 to replace the DC9s, but each flight A318 flight would cost significantly more to operate forever
because the A318 is around 25,000 pounds heavier
Furthermore, the A318 is not available with IAE V2500 engines that are on NWA's A319s and A320s - so NO engine commonality = no engine "simplification."
And dumping the MD
-80s makes sense when you have only 9. But when you have 100+ of a single type (i.e. E190) the economies of scale far outweigh any "fleet simplification" when the type is much cheaper to buy and operate!!
You have to realize that as I pointed out already, both AC
with large A319/320 fleets went with the E190. So why would NWA do any different?
As I said earlier, I am not advocating the E190. In all my previous NWA DC9 posts I have positited that, with possible Scope changes and NWA fleet simplification objectives, the most economic approach would be to have the regional carriers get CRJ705s and mainline to get more A319s.
As you can see, I really don't see ANY economic benefit for NWA to get the A318 (especially when it is so close in cost, weight and pax capacity to the A319). So it is I who will apologize to you IF
NWA replaces their DC9s with A318s.
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