Amirs From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 1333 posts, RR: 4 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6741 times:
It would seem, that if AF ordered 772 and 773, they are saying that the 777's are better than there country's manufactured 340's.
I would never have excpect an airline such as AF, that is so involved in its country's politics to order a a/c from a competitor manufacture. ESPECIALLY USA!
I GUESS BOEING RULES
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6391 times:
Air France became a B777 cutomer originally when they transferred unwanted B767-300 and B747-400 orders to the B777 programme. This avoided cancellation penalties, and of course Air France liked the economics of the twin. Of particular interest to AF was the B777-200's ability to carry the same number of economy passengers as the A340-300, but with larger First and Business class cabins...
Of course since then the type has become a major part of the Air France fleet, and in the future will be their main long-haul aircraft type.
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6291 times:
Air France is just like any another airline : Air France buys the best a/c on the market for its network and operations. Read me well : I don't say the B777 are better than the A340. B777 are better FOR AIR FRANCE than he A340.
France being part of Airbus Consortium doesn't oblige AF to buy only Airbus !
AF has always been a very faithful Boeing customer, for many many years. When AF bought the A340 in the early 90's, they didn't have the choice : they had to renew rapidly and old fleet (long-haul a/c with AF were at that time only the B747-100, 200, 200Combi and A300B4 ) and the A340 was the brand new a/c on the market, and AF was already operating the A320 since 1988. The B772 is an excellent plane for AF that gives very good results (reliable, easy & cheap maintenance, excellent PAX & Crews feedback) so AF trusts Boeing for its new B773ER.
Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3488 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6221 times:
They bought it because they had orders for 767 and 747 that were transferred for 777 as Crosswind said. Since this is very good aircraft the will use it for many more years which doesn't mean that they will not fly on A330 and A340.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12952 posts, RR: 79 Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5984 times:
If it was politics they'd have an all Airbus fleet.
Still, don't let cliches get in the way of facts, (what is it with a part of the US population that has a sudden drop in common sense and reasoning ability, when the word 'France' is mentioned?)
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5951 times:
Richard28, the A380 is not yet in the fleet. A332 and A340 is the same aircraft type, just like B772 & B773.
Today, AF is operating 4 types of a/c in its long-haul fleet : B744, A332/343, B742/743 (for just another 2 years) and B772/B773.
and only 2 types in its short/medium haul fleet : A320 family (A318,19,20,21 ) and B737-500 for another 2 years. In 2006 : only one type ! couldn't be less...
Concening the long-haul, it's not different from what the other Majors are operating : LH : B744, A330/A340 (-300 & -600 ), MD11, A300-600, A310-300, A320 family, B733 & B735 etc... same thing with BA, IB (A320 family, MD80's, B757, B743, A340 (-300, -600), A300 & DC10 until last year ! etc...
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5918 times:
I recall reading that when AF was privatized, (although I think the government still holds some smaller chunk of equity today) the new managers insisted that the government not interfere in its decision making including fleet plans. Air France is now one of Europe's (and the world's) financially successful full-service airlines.
Had the government maintained its level of involvement, I personally doubt that they would operate B777 in any quantity and wonder whether AF could have become the profitable carrier that it is today.
Note: I am not attempting to correlate B777 to profitability and A340 to unprofitability per se.
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12129 posts, RR: 37 Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5789 times:
Asking why AF orders the 777 is the same as asking why NW has 319/320/330 in their fleet. The 320-series is highly popular here, why don't they buy 737s? NW is American, why don't they buy Boeing? It all comes down to which manufacturer gets them a better deal on the better product for what it's gonna be used for at the time. (Man, that was a long sentence)
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5720 times:
AF never ordered the B767. AF inherited the B767 (and further orders) when they bought and merged UTA in the early 90's. UTA, at that time, had orders for B767 (200 & 300) for its charter subsidiary Aéromaritime, and for A342 & A343 to replace its DC10's.
AApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 572 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5649 times:
I read an article in one of my recent airline magazines (I wish I could remember which one, but I am away from home for the time being) that had a feature story on Air France. An interview with the head executives revealed the answer to the 777 question. There were no politics involved. The 777 was simply the best airplane for the routes they wanted to utilize it on and Air France believes it works well a long side their A340s. In fact the only politics involved was a lot of pressure from the French government not to go through with the 777 orders, but to buy Airbus. Fortunately for Boeing, the execs at Air France stuck to their guns and bought what they believed would be the better airplane (inspite of all the flack they received for those orders). Now that's what I like to see; an exec say, "screw your politics, we are in the business of making a profit...."
Amirs From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 1333 posts, RR: 4 Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5462 times:
Sorry, but i dont think there is any room for comparison, between choices NWA make and AF make. The politics are totally different.
To think that a FRENCH partiallly owned carrier, picked an American product over a EUROPEAN product (which i don't need to remind you is manufactured and assembled in FRANCE) is weird.
You dont see LH or IB ordering 777's. They went with Europe.
That just says something about the French (and their warped politics) and obviously about the 777's superiority over 340's (-200, -500, -600 etc) .