|Quoting PEK777 (Reply 55):|
Why not just stick to the current strategy and fly two 50 seat ERJ-145's or CRJ200's 10 minutes apart?
Pilot costs, it's inefficient. Better to use one crew, one aircraft, one movement and we're only just now seeing that trickle through Operations. - Hooray!
|Quoting Adipasquale (Reply 61):|
Nobody has answered my question of what special tooling the 736 requires. Since the other three variants of the 737NG are still rolling off the line, why couldn't Boeing build 736s if a customer wanted them?
They probably could. Nobody in their right mind would order it. If Chevy could build you a Pinto, would you order it? No. (Look it up, you're probably too young.) It was a dog, it is a dog and it would have zero resale, inappropriately high operating costs and not do the job as efficiently as its competitors. It would also be poor stewardship of corporate assets by the executives.
|Quoting jetblastdubai (Reply 65):|
Not sure about the need for a 100-seater to be able to fly coast to coast.
Seriously? Not the mission for this aircraft. Really not. This purchase frees A319s to do just that, which they were designed for, can do, and should be doing. This is not a trans-continental aircraft purchase. This is not a Hawaii to mainland aircraft, not a trans-Atlantic aircraft purchase. This is 500-1500 mi hops, day in, day out. This is Billings to ORD
, San Fran to PDX
. This is piddly stuff Air, old time DC-9 flying on Texas Intl. Turn and Burn service, with a smile ala PSA
, where even the plane is grinning at you. Come on, gang, this is workhorse stuff finally finding its way OFF
of United Express' massive 50 seat RJ
solution. Where are the raving hordes cheering?
And why is nobody secretly cheering the fact that the pay rate tucked into that contract wasn't for the smallest plane possible? Didn't the fact that they got the 300 and not the 100 quietly speak to a positive sign in anyone else's mind that it was better to look at 120 seat aircraft and a revenue strategy that priced for breaking even with 15 empty seats than to buy a plane where you had to fill all but a few every time?? That was the hidden jewel in my mind.