This is NOT the first time that rumors have circulated concerning US/HP and the 739 and the 739ER; many are questioning why US/HP would go with the 739ER when it already flies a large A32X fleet including the A321 which is similiar in size and capablilites to the 739ER.....stating that it does not make a lot of sense. If US/HP does select the 739ER, its simply going to be one of those cases that dont make sense from a purely fleet planning point of view....US/HP will make the choice for other reasons that go beyond the basic issue of fleet commonality.
Consider the following:
1. The 739ER may be part of a larger order that includes other Boeing types (think 787)?
2. Boeings terms for the 739ER (meaning price and delivery position) may be superior to the terms offered by Airbus. If US/HP signs up for 30 or more 739ERs, then some of the commonality issues begin to diminish in importance from a cost and operational point of view.
3. Somewhere above its metnioned that some of the HP
/US 752s are headed for Fedex...Boeing is probably working with Fedex on the 757 acquisition project (Boeing does get involved "behind the scenes" in situations such as these....it is probably working with Fedex to locate, acquire and evaluate 757s that are on the market and/or could come to market) and just maybe the HP
/US 739ER deal is somehow connected and part of a bigger plan that would move used 757s to Fedex.
4. US and HP
, individually and post-merger, have had issues operating the A321 into LAS
during the hot summer months when operrations are a challenge....a.net members who are more qualified on tech matters discussed these issues above. HP
considered and rejected the A321 as a potential 752 replacement and this was before HP
was flying to Hawaii and/or US/HP was sending 757s from PHL
to Europe......the A321 had issues on PHX
-US East Coast services frequently enough that the A321 was not an option for these routes. Will the 739ER do better? I dont know, but maybe Boeing has convinced HP
/US that it can handle the hot and high situation better......time will tell.
Long story short.......not everything has to make perfect sense, its entirely possible that we could see 739ERs in new US colors in the future. There are many 733/734s still in service, some 752s will be leaving the US fleet and US/HP could look to Boeing for replacement solutions.