A220-500? - Southwest Wants a Small Airplane From Boeing or Airbus And That Could Reshape Aviation
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November 11, 2019 - by Jon Ostrower for theaircurrent.com
The last time Southwest Airlines gave serious consideration to Airbus, Boeing was weighing plans for an all-new airplane to replace the 737 at the end of the decade. It was 2011, and Southwest was getting restless.
There was "too much risk in waiting that long for a fuel-efficient airplane" from Boeing, said the late Southwest Airlines founder and Chairman Emeritus Herb Kelleher in a 2016 interview with The Wall Street Journal. "
And we were serious about bringing in the [A320]Neo because of the fuel efficiency," Kelleher recounted. "They were tremendously receptive." Once Boeing committed to add new engines to the 737 to create the Max "we came back home."
Eight years later, Southwest is kicking the tires of another airplane again. The Air Current reported in April that the airline had visited a European operator of the A220-300 as part of a technical evaluation of the aircraft type.
"We put our hands in the future of Boeing and the Max and we're grounded," said Southwest's Chief Executive Gary Kelly in a recent interview with CNBC...
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