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Old 5th April 2008, 10:50 AM
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Yes it is an opportunity for someone to jump in, but they need to find aircraft fast!

Personally I would question the maintenance of an airline that was close to shutting down.
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Old 5th April 2008, 12:31 PM
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I agree I dont think the prospect of 30 year old + aircraft is going attract too much interest. If Southwest etc took on the gap I think they would use their own newer 737's. Its getting harder to find 732's on scheduled Indonesian pax flights now even so its quite remarkable that these were operating for so long in America.

I would love to find out the cycles on some of these planes.


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Old 5th April 2008, 01:29 PM
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Well just do the rough maths, very very short flights for most of the day

15 flights a day
7 days a week
100 flights a week
400 flights a month
4800 flights a year

VERY rough but you get the idea

Flight 243 that crashed had over 89,000 cycles! So I imagine that the current fleet would be around 70,000 cycles!
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Old 5th April 2008, 01:44 PM
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4 airlines collapsed this week.
ATA, Aloha, Champion Air and Skybus.
As has been suggested this is a major week in US aviation.
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Old 5th April 2008, 02:51 PM
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I was more thinking of the longhaul flights...Mainland to the islands...the AC that Aloha was using for those trips are pretty new since they only started those routes a few years back. I dont know that SW would want to do the internal inter-island trips....but if the price and conditions were right ..who knows. Would not be my ideal choice though. SW can do well in the vacation market to and from the Islands to thier already existing West Coast destinations.

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Old 6th April 2008, 08:56 AM
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Mike: Yes true they have around 10 or something 737NG's from memory.

So yes a nice fit for Southwest
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