Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2151 times:
I would say that the SQ order for the 7E7 is almost a given. They don't seem to be to receptive to any modifications of the A330 family and they have not been that satisfied with the 772s on many of their shorter routes.
As for LH, I guess that they do have the large 300/310 fleet to replace. I assume that Airbus has offered the same modified A330s to them that they offered to SQ. We will have to wait and see.
United would definitely be a contender for the 7E7 if they had the money to purchase them. AC has the large fleet of 762s and 763s, but they are in the same boat financially as UA (Varig too).
I don't know the situation with SAS, so no comment there. I could see some of the smaller carriers (LOT, Lauda, or ANZ) purchasing the 7E7 if LH and/or SQ do and if they could get a group deal...which they probably could.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the year plays out.
Rjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
Would like to see more American carriers get involved in researching the idea of using the 7E7 as a replacement for the 757 or something else. Cheers.
American carriers have been involved with Boeing in designing the 7E7. The problem is that none of them could afford it right now. Continental's CEO Bethune said something like "we want the 7E7, we just don't want to pay for it now." As the industry improves, and the airlines are making some money, they could worry about replacing their fleets.
American, United, Delta, and Continental are all very likely to operate the 7E7. There have been rumors about NW and ATA as well.
Frugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2005 times:
I seriously doubt NW will order 7E7 unless Airbus really screws up on their order for A330s. NW is a committed Airbus customer, their 757s still have plenty of life in them (some are brand spankin' new), and they have a huge fleet of A320 series aircraft with a lot of commonality with the A330s.
Ka From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 649 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1918 times:
I don´t really see that order getting through. The A300/310 fleet isn´t that big. Actually the A310 have left the operating fleet already and the A300 stand at 11. LH always stressed the point that a new a/c in their fleet doesn´t pay off at a number of less than 15 airframes....
On the other hand LH wants to keep some good relation with both Airbus and Boeing, therefor a Boeing order should be considered rather sooner than later....
the Austrian Airlines Group has quite a diverse (longhaul) fleet (A332/342/343/B763/772). From a marketing point of view I would wish that they exchange the whole fleet (safe the 777 maybe) with the 7E7. It would give them a great flexibility for their operation.
The problem will be the cash. It seems that they are just about to get their financial situation back on track and probably don´t want to get into a limbo of ordering 15+ longhaul a/c at once.
Rjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1740 times:
Since when are we expecting a Star Mega Order? Several Star airlines are rumored to be considering the aircraft, as are a handful of airlines that belong to various alliances, but I don't recall reading that any of the alliances would be ordering as a whole (like they did with the Embraer/Bombardier order).