Posts Tagged “737”

That bubble keeps building

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That bubble keeps building






The huge backlogs Airbus and Boeing have for single aisle aircraft are well known.  Both firms have backlogs of about seven years at current production levels.  Both firms are talking about and planning to increase their production rates to bring down the backlogs. We think this bubble keeps building. As readers know, we have been…

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Fuel Costs and the Workhorses

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Fuel Costs and the Workhorses






We hear it all the time – fuel costs are the airlines’ biggest input cost.  When looking at the data, it certainly is the largest input on flight operations.  However, what does it look like for the aircraft airlines depend on most?  The workhorse aircraft seating from 125 to 200 passengers?  Airbus and Boeing dominate…

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Delta’s fleet news

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Delta announced that it is entering into a deal with Boeing for 20 E190s and 40 new 737-900ERs upon ratification of a tentative agreement covering its 12,000 pilots. The tentative pilot agreement provides enhancements to pilot compensation—including base pay increases—along with a revision of the airline’s profit sharing formula beginning in 2016. Additionally, this accord…

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Southwest Airlines fleet orders and swaps; market share implications

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Southwest Airlines fleet orders and swaps; market share implications






There have been many 737 operators, but few with the attachment to the 737 like Southwest Airlines. The following chart shows how attached they have become to each other. The recent bump in growth came with absorbing the 737 fleet from AirTran. Another airline closely associated with the 737 is Ryanair – but its fleet…

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Alaska Airlines launches P2F program

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Israel Aerospace Industries launched a B737-700P2F conversion program through its MRO and conversion arm, Bedek Aviation Group. Alaska Airlines is the launch customer for the program with three firm orders plus an option. Bedek expects certification in mid-2016 with delivery of the first converted aircraft by the end of 2016. Alaska’s cargo fleet consists of…

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The evolving 737 wing

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The evolving 737 wing






Wing design is complicated and the changes in IT and materials are having a big impact on what OEMs can do with wings.  A case in point is the Boeing 737.  Boeing has continually updated the core design.  Most notably by using newer engines and, of course, adding winglets.  These are things we can see. …

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