Il76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 46 Posted (16 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 824 times:
Pffft.... Those discussions about phasing out and buying aircraft are so stupendous. If I read the posts correctly, there are at least 6 magazines, each claiming different things about KLM widebody renewal.
To put things on order:
1: KLM has never ordered A340's, not even signed a LOI...
2: KLM never searched the market for 2nd hand MD11's...
3: IF the MD11's leave, some of them are intended to stay in the company, probably with Martinair as a freigter.
4: KLM orders planes with payload in mind, not range. And since both the 777 and A340 don't cut it for them, MTOW-wise, they'll probably go for 747-400's.
(747-400Combi has the same amount of seats as a MD11)
I won't dare guessing what they'll get in 200-300seat range... Nobody can tell, and knowing KLM, they will never tell anybody until they finally order. Face it: Nobody saw the 737-800 and -900 order coming. They are very good at keeping their orders a secret.
White Knuckles From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 824 times:
Interesting post. A close friend of mine is a co-pilot on KLM MD-11's. He purposefully got rated for this type after serving in the same capacity on 737's and 744's. The reason is that he says the MD-11 is a "pilot's plane" Its difficult to get him to elaborate because airplanes are the last thing he wants to discuss out of the office. I will ask him about KLM's plans for fleet renewal though.
I find it interesting though that flag carriers from Non-Airbus supplier countries are the only European carriers to place significant orders with Boeing over the past several years. This includes SAS, Alitalia, and KLM as examples. Note LH, AF, Iberia, and now BA/Virgin to a lesser extent. Coincidence or heavy gov't pressure?
KL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (16 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 824 times:
Ed thats what ive been telling every body that KLM will not order the 777 as well as A340 due to its payload restrictions. I totally agree with you the fact that they ought to order more 747-400C to replace the 300's.
PS hey Ed Weet je trouwens welke zit plaats is het beste te zitten in een 767-300 op Martinair, omdat ik ga van LAX naar AMS op 14 juni.
YMQ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 825 times:
to white knuckles:
what you've done here is called a case selection bias. You note some airlines that are not from countries part of the airbus consortium and tell us that since they purchased boeings, airbus orders are due to government pressure. You might claim you do not say that, but you know very well that this is what you mean. Well, in scholarly circles, you would have to go back home to do your homeworks, because you would have to explain why other non-airbus suppliers countries have airlines that placed airbus orders. ex: SR, OS, TP, TY, EI, OA to name only european countries. Then you would also have to explain to us why non-airbus supplier countries, that are even outside of europe -I hope you noted that SR is from a non-EU country-, such as AC, CX, UA, NW, US, etc have indeed ordered airbus... Now lets go back to the beginning, you were saying airbus orders were placed because of government pressure.....