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The World’s Richest Airlines Can’t Get Enough Hand-Me-Down Jets

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Southwest scours the globe for bargains on used Boeing 737s Cheaper fuel means aging planes are less of a drag on profits (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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IMissPiedmont
Oh, they can get enough. I know of 12 737-700s that are lass than 15 years old waiting for a buyer. No glut in the market.
pilot62
negotiation - someone with 12 has a bigger dream
pilot62
United's 500's left the fleet almost a decade ago, they didn't all retire to the desert, but
while I'm sure there are 100's of used 37's around the world, they may not meet SWA's specs
for cycle life and or age.
MikeMohle
Mike Mohle 1
Hopefully those old and worn -300s will be replaced, they still have steam gauges! Yikes, how does anyone fly them nowadays??? LOL
taniamarcel
Marcel Rivard 5
gauges never made airplanes fly
AABABY
AABABY 1
Marcel: That's a joke, son! Steam gauges went out with DC-3's.
taniamarcel
Marcel Rivard 2
A just average decent pilot with experience on any plane should be able to land it without any gauges. That was a test used in the 70, just like getting out of a spin or an incipient spiral. Today many glass gauges pilots can't figure out the fuel needed to reach destination and have to use BRS to drown a $250.000 glass equipped plane in the ocean ROFL. Today just ask anyone to figure out the square root of any 6 digits numbers without a calculator, Hint!!! Don't look for only glass gauges pilots.
jmilleratp
John Miller -1
You have to wonder what condition these aircraft are in, given they were operated by foreign carriers with foreign maintenance. I certainly would not want to purchase one unless Boeing itself fully went over every part of that aircraft first.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 4
They'll be right at home then. Southwest accomplishes their heavy maintenance outside the U.S.
honzanl
honza nl 8
American Airlines flight 191 (May 25, 1979), the deadliest aviation accident to have occurred in the United States, was caused by maintenance issues; and that was US maintenance.....so why do you think foreign maintenance is worse?
Ruger9X19
Ruger9X19 1
I think you going back 37 years for an example, kind disproves your point.
ToddBaldwin3
ToddBaldwin3 2
I think Southwest contracts their heavy maintenance to a foreign maintenance shop.
n3502w
Brad Benson -2
Can you give more details on your theory?
ToddBaldwin3
ToddBaldwin3 5
There is no theory here, just commenting that SW is already outsourcing some maintenance to a company in Central America.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/business/Southwest-Airlines-Will-Send-Planes-to-El-Salvador-For-Maintanence.html
wopri
The outsourcing to lower wage countries seems to be the norm. Lufthansa has a major maintenance facility at Sofia International Airport (SOF) in Bulgaria.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 2
Economics 101, page 2 right after the preface and maybe, generally a reason for the rising world economy since WWII.
wopri
I agree, and, apart from Economics 101, if we don't give the chance for a decent life to people in their home countries we should not be surprised if they try to come to our wealthy countries by all means available to them.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
Why do you want to get political over an aviation topic? I am not an open borders guy whether you agree or not and at my age you're not going to convince me otherwise, so it seems you're spoiling for a fight or at least you have me bracing for one. Let's get back to "boiler gauges" vs glass, or needle, ball and airspeed if you like.
wopri
Ok, I've no problem with that. I was never "spoiling for a fight", as you put it, that's simply not my style. Sorry if this was not clear from my posts.

You see, I agree absolutely with your "Economics 101", I was just thinking one step further.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
Sorry if I jumped the gun. That one step started you down the path of politics as' I saw it. With all the open borders debates and the threat of terrorism entering through them that no one wants to admit to nor talk about it's muddy and slippery slope and while there are venues for those discussions and arguments, I don't think it's here. It's best to stay with the old school, new school, boiler gauges or glass cockpit arguments. One huge benefit here is we have guys and women who have experiences in all different kinds of equipment through all different parts of the world and in some very different weather the we can tap into and become better airplane drivers.
gerardogodoy
gerardo godoy 0
The worst maintenance records are held by North American Airlines, check it out....just after Russia.
taniamarcel
Marcel Rivard 0
A just average decent pilot with experience on any plane should be able to land it without any gauges. That was a test used in the 70, just like getting out of a spin or an incipient spiral. Today many glass gauges pilots can't figure out the fuel needed to reach destination and have to use BRS to drown a $250.000 glass equipped plane in the ocean ROFL. Today just ask anyone to figure out the square root of any 6 digits numbers without a calculator, Hint!!! Don't look for only glass gauges pilots.

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