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Old 10-03-2019, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ShyGuy
Lease returns are happening, I believe 1 this year and 2 next year. The bulk of leases are up in 2021-2024.
That's the key...they're LEASED. Using the same logic, they got rid of the MDs for a single airframe fleet. There's a whole lot of benefit NOT needing two training departments, two parts supplies, two pilot groups, two reserve pools, etc., etc.

The day AS bought VX, the Bus time on the property was limited.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ShyGuy
Lease returns are happening, I believe 1 this year and 2 next year. The bulk of leases are up in 2021-2024. The cost, time, and training can be negligible if Boeing is willing to play ball to win a large order after the MAX is certified to fly again.
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That's the key...they're LEASED. Using the same logic, they got rid of the MDs for a single airframe fleet. There's a whole lot of benefit NOT needing two training departments, two parts supplies, two pilot groups, two reserve pools, etc., etc.
This is all truth. There is significant cost savings to single-fleet, including avoiding pilots cross-fleeting for personal reasons. I have a friend at one of the big three who got divorced and decided he needed a new hobby... so he's collecting every type rating on property.

AS is probably a bit small to need or benefit much from two NB fleets, and even though NEO is a better plane than max, AS is (for obvious reasons) not going to do an all bus fleet. 321NEO's can probably do some things max can't but I doubt it's cost-effective to bother keeping a handful around for special missions (airlines which are five times larger have the economy of scale to do that).

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The day AS bought VX, the Bus time on the property was limited.
Of course if there's a merger/acquisition in the works, all bets are off. The 737's could be sold at a fire sale and the SEA HQ staff would be too busy re-apply for their own jobs in DFW, ATL, NYC, etc to care about All Boeing.
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by rickair7777
Of course if there's a merger/acquisition in the works, all bets are off. The 737's could be sold at a fire sale and the SEA HQ staff would be too busy re-apply for their own jobs in DFW, ATL, NYC, etc to care about All Boeing.
I donít see any mergers coming up in the near future. Management secured their positions by purchasing Virgin, making us just slightly large enough that we are more difficult to acquire.

Delta is a powerhouse that will grow organically, specifically Seattle/West Coast internationals. Southwest is growing organically in Hawaii and will then move on the central/South America.

Neither one needs or wants this disgruntled pilot group merging into their ranks.
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:33 PM
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jetBlue tried to buy Virgin so you know they are looking. There still will be more mergers, 6 airlines have yet to merge in some way: Hawaiian, jetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant, and Sun Country. It may take the next economic downturn to trigger a round of mergers.
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ImperialxRat
I donít see any mergers coming up in the near future. Management secured their positions by purchasing Virgin, making us just slightly large enough that we are more difficult to acquire.

Delta is a powerhouse that will grow organically, specifically Seattle/West Coast internationals. Southwest is growing organically in Hawaii and will then move on the central/South America.

Neither one needs or wants this disgruntled pilot group merging into their ranks.
You think anyone cares about our contentment? No acquisition/merger would ever take place if the disposition of the pilot group was taken into consideration. You think this is bad? Talk to the pilots that lived/live through the Frankenstein that is U.S. Air/America West/AA/TWA. Or CAL/UAL or DAL/NWA or AT/SWA.....just to name a few disgruntled groups. Yet all those shotgun weddings happened. Money, not feelings, is the only thing that matters.
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Old 10-03-2019, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by KnockKnock
You think anyone cares about our contentment? No acquisition/merger would ever take place if the disposition of the pilot group was taken into consideration. You think this is bad? Talk to the pilots that lived/live through the Frankenstein that is U.S. Air/America West/AA/TWA. Or CAL/UAL or DAL/NWA or AT/SWA.....just to name a few disgruntled groups. Yet all those shotgun weddings happened. Money, not feelings, is the only thing that matters.
Okay, I,ll rephase it to: Neither one needs or wants to acquire us.
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Originally Posted by ImperialxRat
Okay, I,ll rephase it to: Neither one needs or wants to acquire us.
I agree with you on that.
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Old 10-03-2019, 02:50 PM
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We wouldnít be getting a MAX sim for only 37 MAX aircraft.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ShyGuy
We wouldnít be getting a MAX sim for only 37 MAX aircraft.
Same email indicates an aircraft order coming. If I was a betting man, Iíd say odds favor many Maxís to replace all the Airbusí and older 737. Iíd say somewhere in the range of 101...
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Old 10-03-2019, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by ShyGuy
jetBlue tried to buy Virgin so you know they are looking. There still will be more mergers, 6 airlines have yet to merge in some way: Hawaiian, jetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant, and Sun Country. It may take the next economic downturn to trigger a round of mergers.

Well, thereís a new trend in Europe, which may just make itís way over here. Let the struggling airline fail, then pick itís carcass apart. Seems to be working quite well. We may not see mergers as much anymore.
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