Some information from Larry and Jeff regarding the 787, International growth etc as per the Flyertalk folks who had a get together with CO
in Houston this weekend.
Seating will be 3-3-3 in Y.
5 787s will be delivered between 2009 and 2010
20 787s will be delivered between 2010 and 2013
Lots of options, which will be disclosed/converted in the near future.
New J product, that "We" will love
"The 787s will be used first in areas like middle-east, Africa and S. Pac",
Central Europe 2013
In short, mostly focus on CLE
, add Shanghai and some narrow-body to Latin America, and then big growth after 2009. CLE
is not a reliever for EWR
will draw their own new routes.
Major construction over the next 10 years at EWR
, increasing passengers numbers at EWR
without adding many more flights by replacing RJs with mainline aircraft. New 737-900s will concentrate on Trans-Cons, again hinted at new product offerings with the new 737-900ERs. Increasing First Class seating on the Mid-Cabin lav 737-800s, right now they are adding two additional F/C seats for a total of 20 (future 24 FC Seats?). Also hinted at new product offering for all mainline, announcement soon.
Channel 9, maybe.
Net gain 15 new 737s for delivery in 2008.
No mergers, although CO
sometimes does lose corporate contracts because their network isn't as fully developed as others. CO
would love to grow it, not through merger though. Merger would hurt hard won employee and customer respect.
West Coast operation:
Would love to expand on the West Coast but it cannot be accomplished incrementally nor inexpensively, has to be an all in scenario. If enough gates were to become available at the right airport, maybe. Right now other priorities.