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CAL - Keeping 20 737-500's

skywdriver

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Any concrete info on this other than the article that said the Russian airline that was supposed to buy these planes was unable to get financing? I have heard rumors that they will fly the planes and start calling people back in the spring. I have also heard rumors that they have a buyer. Anyone know anything???
 

StopNTSing

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I saw one with winglets taxi by the other day and thought....that seems like a waste [to install winglets on an airplane that is about to be retired]
 

tie1on

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the russian company already got financing. those a/c are gone. nice try.
 

Byron Ruiz

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tie1on how you know??? if you have any info then share it dude!
 

NEDude

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I know I am not a CAL guy, but jumpseating in the CP the other day the captain showed the F/O and I a fleet projection through the end of 2010 and it showed 30 737-500s still at CAL at that time.
 

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I know I am not a CAL guy, but jumpseating in the CP the other day the captain showed the F/O and I a fleet projection through the end of 2010 and it showed 30 737-500s still at CAL at that time.

This has always been the fleet plan since the shrinkage was announced, its nothing new. (July fleet plan in the 8k filing shows this as well.)

There are 35 73-5's that are locked up in leases that we can't get rid of unless mgmt. finds a buyer. Now that fuel prices are down, they are more attractive so they may find buyers for them?

While it would be nice to get rid of them and configure the EFIS as it was designed, it would most likely result in more furloughs and/or more time until recalls.
 
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SuperFLUF

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I saw one with winglets taxi by the other day and thought....that seems like a waste [to install winglets on an airplane that is about to be retired]

There are winglets being installed on some of the -300's too. The catch is that CAL isn't paying for them. They are only being installed on leased airplanes and the lessor is paying for the install.
 
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IAHERJ

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hmmm?
Seen some of the 764IAH trips for December? Wow!! HNL-NRT then DH to IAH? IAH pilots flying to Europe then back through EWR and back to Europe then home to IAH. I kind of like it! Back at the Milford Plaza in NYC for the long EWR layovers....
 

IAHERJ

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hmmm?
sorry for the duplicate posts...
 
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StopNTSing

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There are winglets being installed on some of the -300's too. The catch is that CAL isn't paying for them. They are only being installed on leased airplanes and the lessor is paying for the install.

Well, that makes a lot more sense.

Okay, back to letting the thread die...
 

Ex737Driver

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the russian company already got financing. those a/c are gone. nice try.

Not so sure. There is talk of those aircraft not leaving until the end of 09 because of the financing problem. This goes hand and hand with spring recall rumors and possible hiring before summer of 09.
 

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If you read though the news you will find that the 20 aircraft were going to 3 different buyers. They all were having problems, now I guess at least one of them does not have a problem. The fleet mix for the 737's at CAL has a * by the number that stands for "subject to change." So who the heck knows.......
 
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