300 Aircraft - Southwest To Decide Between Boeing 737s Or Airbus A220
(Those Airbus A220 would be made in Mobile, Alabama)
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February 11. 2021- by Jon Ostrower for www.theaircurrent.com
Losing Southwest's exclusivity could be catastrophic for Boeing and its leadership team.
The expectation is that a win for the A220-300 could spark similar purchases at American Airlines and United Airlines as they look for a 150-seat aircraft to go head-to-head with Southwest's fleet.
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While the Max 7 has a significant range benefit over the A220-300, Southwest is looking at its new fleet plans through the lens of a changing network and shorter flights, especially as it gears up for Breeze Airways and Avelo Airlines to enter the U.S. market.
Any outcome has to balance the operating economics of a performance shortfall or advantage against fitting into or breaking the existing single-type structure that Southwest's operations are based upon with the 737.
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