coolarmydude saidI read this story on msnbc.com, to which I commented, "Way to go American Airlines. You're 10+ years behind Continental airlines" (as far as streamlining their jets for more efficiency and less fuel consumption).
Yeah, but the attractive thing about the AA MD-80s is that they are all paid for, so, just like the old NW DC-9s, despite the higher fuel consumption, the total cost of operating has been lower compared to purchasing a brand new airplane and operating that.
It's all about fuel costs. The MD-80's are SO inefficient that this buy is completely worth it in the long term. The planes are being financed by the manufacturers. It's a risk that both were willing to take given the size of the order. Also, these are confirmed orders with options to buy more. I'm sure that played a part in the manufacturers financing these.
On a side note, the red-blooded American in me loved the fact that AMERICAN Airlines had a completely AMERICAN fleet. I just wish that Boeing hadn't taken so long in deciding to retrofit the 737 with the more fuel efficient engines instead of opting for a completely new plane. Airbus really beat them to the punch with the updated A320en. Considering the considerable delays rolling out the 787, a lot of airlines are more comfortable going with a retrofitted model than an entirely new aircraft. Boeing missed the boat big time on this one...
As an American frequent flyer, I say good riddance to the MadDogs! I always feel like I'm flying in a Greyhound bus with wings. Now, if they can just update their flight attendants...
Good insight there! AA had an ALMOST completely American-made fleet, save for the Airbus 300 which they retired in 2009 I believe. It also surprises me that the A320NEO will be replacing the 767's; I didn't think that the 320NEO could do trans-Atlantic flying but I'm still new to reading up the 320 NEO.
Also, in regards to flight attendants, most US airlines will almost always keep on hand some of those who started working when the 747 started flying commercially!
The prettiest, male and female, attendants can be found on the Asian carriers such as Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines with their infamous, and somewhat dated and stereotypical, Singapore Girl's. Not only that, but these same airlines usually hire and fire at will and Singapore Airlines, to my knowledge, asks that their Singapore Girl's be under 35-40 years of age!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Girls