ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3510 times:
The Asian Times reports that Boeing has won a contract in Qatar that was previously thought to be going to Airbus. Is this the much-rumored big 772LR purchase that has been discussed for the past year or so. Some members of the MiddleEast Aviation chat board are saying that it's actually a mix of 772LR/773ER or 773ER alone. Can anyone verify this? Hamlet?
"The official campaign in the United States is being mirrored by a new business war. US companies such as Boeing and the oil giant Exxon have launched a drive to push French competitors out of the market. Exxon and Boeing recently won contracts in Qatar that had been sought also by their European rivals Total and Airbus. The US universities Princeton and Cornell have won contracts to develop university campuses in the Qatari capital Doha against French competition."
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
I'm starting to wonder if this contract was along the lines of defense equipment or something of that nature.... there's been no corroboration from any other source, and the article did speak of government interaction.
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1877 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
Not able to find news about this order.
However, I have to say that I do not consider this article as reliable.
1 example: it says at the end that Mr Powell visited Germany and Russia last week, but not France, as a retaliation.And that France didn't like it.
This is completely false. A visit in France was scheduled this week. And he was here in Paris this week.
That is the truth. And if you are a real journalist, it is very easy to verify, before writing an article.(and the job of a journalist is to verify from different and reliable sources before publishing)
Coming back to Qatar Airways, I think that with the current size of their fleet and their growth rate, introducing Boeing planes is premature. In the future, with a fleet of Airbus large enough (to take advantage of the comonality), I have no problem to see them buying Boeing.
Remember, when an airline chooses Boeing, it is good for jobs in Europe, and when the airline chooses Airbus, it is good for jobs in the US.
Toulouse or Seattle are just assembly lines. But components come from all around the world
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