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Changing Times: Qatar Airways "a Blue-chip Order"  
User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/busine...Show&searchdiff=6&searchpagefrom=1

One things struck me about this article:

"Airbus scored hits with blue-chip orders for its A350, the planned rival to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, from aircraft leasing company GECAS and Qatar Airways."

An order from Qatar Airways now considered 'blue-chip'. A mere three years ago they were widely dismissed (first announcement of their A380 commitment).

A sign of the present times on one hand but also something worth remembering when considering the latest 'surprise' orders.


Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21456 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Who says? Some AP reporter? Lease companies are blue-chip. Renewal orders from very large operators that aren't in bankruptcy are blue-chip.

Airlines with huge expansion plans are speculative, no matter who they are. If SQ were to "order" a new fleet 3 times the size of it's current fleet, it would not qualify as blue-chip in my book.



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
Who says? Some AP reporter?

Does it matter. The point is how the perception of Qatar Airways seems to have changed in a few short years.



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
Airlines with huge expansion plans are speculative, no matter who they are.

Well, there's a difference between young carriers in the Gulf and young carriers elsewhere...

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
If SQ were to "order" a new fleet 3 times the size of it's current fleet, it would not qualify as blue-chip in my book.

Not in your book.  Wink Btw, don't make QR smaller than they are (39 aircraft)...


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineWorldXplorer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

While I do think that the image of Qatar has greatly improved over the last three years, I take this type of comment from an AP reporter with a grain of salt. The analysis and commentary of the mainstream press in regards to aviation has proven to be laughable in many cases.

WorldXplorer


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