A Guy Called Tyketto
2010-12-17 07:26:56 UTC
Bit of a followup to the story from a few months ago. SWA has
now made it official that they are converting their -700 deliveries to
the -800 series of the B737. This gives them a 4th variant of the
aircraft in their fleet, though they've indicated that they will start
to phase out some of their older models (read: -300 and -500). With
this, a couple of things come to mind.
Obviously, this puts validity to the rumours of them flying
internationally. They already will have gained the MMUN run as acquired
by purchasing TRS. But this this also brings in ETOPS compliance,
making TNCM, TXKF (Bermuda), and returning to light, Hawai'i. The HNL
run is shades of the past from ATA making the run. Perhaps a mimic of
AAS' runs from LAS-BUR-HNL, LAS-SNA-HNL, and LAS-OAK-HNL. They could
even make it from LAX, providing competition to UAL and AAL, which
already operate on that route.
another thing is that if they make the International runs, how
will that play into their standard operation of the 20-minute
turnaround, especially when you factor in Customs?
Plenty of time for speculation on this, as the aircraft won't
enter into their fleet until 2012.
Brad Littlejohn | Email: ***@sbcglobal.net
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