Boeing wins $6.8 billion Air-India order, firms 787-9 EIS
Bair also said Boeing has firmed entry-into-service for the 787-9 to "the end of 2010." Seating capacity, currently at 259, could rise by 10-20 seats.
Might we see a QR order soon?
Milton likes the 787-9: Air Canada Taps Boeing; 'Two Engines Better Than Four'
What really got management excited is the route potential for the 14 new 787s. The first deliveries aren't planned until 2010, and the carrier has options and purchase rights for an additional 46 787s. The 223-seat 787-8 will slowly replace the carrier's 45 767s, which will be more than 20 years old when deliveries start. The carrier also will fly the 259-seat 787-9, which will replace the A330s. CEO Robert Milton sang the praises of the 787-9, which he believes hits the "ultimate widebody sweet spot" in terms of operating economics.
While the competition for Air Canada's order was brutal, Milton said it came down to price and economics. He said the 787 is a "game changer" and offers a "quantum leap" in aircraft technology from equipment flying today. In evaluating the Airbus offer, Milton felt the A350 was a "little larger than we wanted," noting that the Canadian market is a "small one and highly seasonal." The A350 was offered with about 270 seats. "It's a bigger, heavier airplane than we need," he told The DAILY.
Also of interest from the first article:
During a teleconference yesterday to discuss the 787 program, VP and GM Mike Bair said Boeing has firm orders and announced commitments for 217 787s from 18 customers, of which 69 orders are firm. The company has 27 active proposals covering 449 aircraft, a figure that includes the Air-India transaction. He added that in terms of delivery positions, "We are 100% committed in 2008 and 2009, almost at 100% in 2010, and 2011 and 2012 are filling up fast."