Sallecc From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 56 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2401 times:
Check this out, I've found an interesting article in Chinese news online, it seems that Boeing and Airbus are starting their battle for the Olympics
"Boeing, the US aircraft manufacturing giant, is talking with major Chinese airlines interested in purchasing 7E7 - the super-efficient long-range jetliner that could help Boeing beat off Airbus to return to the top of the industry.
Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, said at a press conference in Beijing over the weekend:
"Our goal is to have this plane fly into Beijing before the 2008 summer Olympics Games."
The visit came after Olivier Andries, a senior vice-president of Airbus, flied to Beijing to promote A380.
The two companies are stepping up their campaign in the Chinese market, which in the next two decades is set to become the world's second largest aviation market after the United States.
Emphasizing the three-decade long relationship with China's aviation industry, Mulally is optimistic about the 7E7 in the competition in China.
"We ask airlines which you would like us to make: would you like a bigger 747 or would you like a 7E7 which is more efficient to go long-range," said Mulally." "They told us clearly 'we would like Dreamliner'."
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2277 times:
Seeing how China is expected to be the fastest growing aviation market over the next few years, this announcement is no real surprise. Airbus already has an order for 4 A332s from a Chinese carrier. I would imagine orders for the 7E7 and A332 would be 'big' over the next few years, even if the 7E7 proves to be as good as Boeing claims.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7569 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
Given the current state of things (the rate of growth of China's economy is scorching), I think we will see the major Chinese carriers order not only 7E7's (in at least the regular and long-range variants) but also A380's. I am completely sure that traffic to/from China will explode and it will make sense to have mid-size long-range planes as well as high-density double-deckers. It will also be interesting to see which Chinese airline joins a global alliance the fastest.
Sallecc From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 56 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
I think "China Southern" should be the first one to do it, IF Chinese government let them do it
CZ have very strong relationship with KLM, and now with AF, too (someone mentioned SkyTeam? .
They're flying to Los Angeles, Amsterdam, soon Paris, and probably much more later, especialy when they open brand new airport in Guangzhou, it will be No.1 airport in China! (June 29th).
Air China and China Norhern can have more intercont. flights, because if Beijing and Shanghai, but China Southern seems more flexibile on this point...
But, first they must improve their overall service (more on the ground then inflight), and that livery, too! :-(
Solnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1916 times:
I doubt the CEO´s at Airbus are sitting rolling their thumbs waiting for the premier of 7E7 rollout, I guess they´re brainstorming something between
A300/332! Just my guess, but nooooway they doing nothing about the a/c from the plant over there..