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Alaska Airlines is leaning towards an all-Boeing 737 fleet after the coronavirusAlaska Airlines entered the coronavirus pandemic at a major fleet crossroads: Airbus or Boeing? A decision the crisis may have made for the carrie (thepointsguy.com) More...
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Economies of scale matter in the historically low-margin airline business: “Go big, or go home.” American, Delta, United operate both the 737 and A320 families, when just one would do, because their subfleets are large enough to be operated efficiently. Alaska really isn’t big enough to fly both in the long term.
Have a friend who worked for Alaska way back when he was asked by management about that exact thing. His response was its easer to have only one brand of aircraft to service rather than several due to tooling required to maintain them and people who did the same. Its a known fact in maintain anything its a fact.
I'm not sure why you got down voted, but you're spot on. Southwest flies all 737's and it is a lot easier to maintain than having three or four different types of aircraft. While I still flew we had EMB145'S and J41's and two. ATR's left. By the time I resigned we only flew EMB145'S. MX guys were happy because there was just one type they had to work on. I do have to say after we got rid of the turboprops they were replaced by semi new jets. The workload didn't go down but at least everyone was on the same sheet of music in a type rated way.
Could be that they think am blowing smoke about the fact I know the fellow very well and is not a BS person. He also is helping restore the B29 at BFI in Seattle. Oh and by the way is also home to some other things that I worked on years back, names of people I knew too like the Crew Chief on the gear door of the SR71 who was my married to my cuz. Clayton Scott and a few others. But hey its my past and was fun meeting people there.
It is strange you got voted down on this. You are correct and something that SWA has proven over the years.
didn't know this info required having a friend on the inside... seems like common sense if your airline is similar to Alaska, SW, Frontier, etc.
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