|Quoting Warreng24 (Reply 101):|
Not so much to do with the flat bulk head, but more to do with the additional set of exit doors.
Nope. The maximum seating for the 737-900 (non-ER) based on exit limitations is 189 -- this is well under what CO
will put in the -900ER's. The flat rear pressure bulkhead does make additional cabin space available, about a row's worth.
|Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 71):|
You know, it is entirely possible that Boeing could sell 10,000 737s before the 737 line closes down for good. That would be quite a monumental achievement.
Yup... AFAIK, the top seller of all time was the DC-3, which managed 10,655 copies (not including the licensed copies built in Russia or Japan). It would boggle the mind if the 737 were to pass the DC-3, of which most were built for military purposes during WW II
One of the arguments that I'd see as being in favor of this order being for US Airways is the fact that their 757 fleet is one of the oldest out there. The merger reunited the ex-Eastern birds that had been split among US & HP
/US also has several ex-Republic frames. HP
's 757 fleet averages over 20 years in age, with several hitting 25 years in the next 12 months. They've also lost a few 757's since the merger as lease returns; they're down four since the ex-ATA 757's entered the fleet in 2006.
I'm also given to understand that the reconfigured A321's (with fewer F seats and more Y seats) may end up struggling on PHL
-West Coast sectors with more frequent fuel stops needed; the 737-900ER has a bit more range which would help in those situations.