BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 58 Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8080 times:
Let me make it clear that this is a question based completely on a political standpoint and has nothing to do with Airbus vs. Boeing. Read on...
I was wondering, why the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri picked the Boeing 777-200ER as his private jet instead of the A340-300? Lebanon and the Hariri maintain very very close relations with France.
Hariri visits France and meets with Jacque Chirac usually at least once a month. He has a mansion on the island of Corsica and I think he has a home in Paris.
With the many political and economic ties, you would have thought he would have bought Airbus.
Then again, there may be no reason at all and he simply prefered the 777 over the A340. I'm sure France wasn't too happy about his decision to buy Boeing instead of Airbus.
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the 108th richest man in the world worth $4.3 billion. He is the CEO of the major construction firm, Oger International.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
VSXA380X800 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7353 times:
Maybe He wanted to save on maintenance cost. The A340 has 4 engines when the 777 has 2.
He's also sacrificing more space. The 777-200 can hold up to 305 seats yet the 340-300 can hold up to 335. Not saying that he will invite 300 of this friends over.
Why would he compare the 340 to the 777 when the 777 will salutar the 340-300. He should of open his eyes a little wider so he could see the A340-500
If I had the chance to chose any 340's I would go for the 345s.
TrevD From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 339 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7290 times:
Some info to clarify: the 777-200ER offers much more cabin area than the A340-300 (cabin area is measured at arm-rest height above the floor, sidewall to sidewall, and bulkhead to bulkhead), it's a common measurement VIP completion centers use to spec out a new interior.
The 777-200 provide 218 sq meters of cabin are .vs. only 194.9 for the A340-300. The 777 is also significantly wider which VIP operators find attractive.
In similar passenger config's, a 3 class 777-200ER at 301 seats would be equivalent to only 262 seats for the A340-300. In fact, you would have to go all the way up to the A340-600 to get more cabin area (236.9 sq meters) but if you are going to go that big, go for the 777-300/-300ER to get 263.9 sq. meters !!
QR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7014 times:
If he keeps going on like this, hes going to have a personal fleet bigger than MEA's soon
But seriously, I think it is because of the aircraft itself having more cabin space. I doubt the PM is going to fill it with seats, so he isnt worried about that. Also, IMO the B772 is a more impressive a/c than the A343, and in my personal opinion it is a better choice.