How is this a negotiating tactic, Boeing is looking at a ULCC who is going to convert its entire fleet from Airbus?
I guess we are going to say that Boeing is going to offer them such a low price that Airbus will have to go lower and even though Boeing looses the order it is a win for Boeing.
Hey it sounds nuts to me but that is what Airbus fans are saying in the AA thread, so if we follow the principle of gravity....
Boeing should point / refer them to their list prices on the web site...no need for a visit.
If Airbus could get easyJet and Frontier to dump the 737 for the A32x, why can’t Boeing do the opposite?
People on this site are quick to it is just a negotiating tactic, but I think Sprirt ordering from Boeing is possible. They have a relationship dating back to the Md80s. The A320neo entry into service has been such a disaster at Spirit that they cancelled A320neos and switched to CEOs. The engine issues, grounded airplanes and delivery delays that exceed a year could have soured the relationship enough that Spirit is willing to buy Boeing. The 797 might be a good option for their high capacity trunk routes to Florida as well as offering enough range to penetrate farther into South America.
Did Spirit ever buy MD-80s new from McDonnell Douglas?
Also, I don’t think the former CEO could have predicted the engine problems with the A320neo. I always thought his ouster was related to slowing financial growth that was partially due to alienating a large chunk of their customers.
I wouldnt take that bet, but i think it would be interesting to discuss. Spirit has grown dramatically in Latin America. I think the farthest they fly is Peru. If they want to go to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, they might look for a bigger plane.
Other than the new FLL-GYE route, Spirit has been largely stagnant in Central and South America for at least the past 5 years. The ULCC model didn’t take off as quickly there since they’re competing against full service carriers that still offer full service.
Just look at the silver A319s bearing the names of destinations no longer served.