Flying-tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4137 posts, RR: 38 Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1024 times:
I´m not so sure about this being an indicator for an order. Airlines regulary visit the production lines and it isn´t a secret that both KLM and Qantas are looking on the 777 and 340. They will or have paid both manufactures such a visit which usually includes the close visit of the aircrafts being considered. My thoughts.
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2688 posts, RR: 59 Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1022 times:
I agree with Flying-Tiger. Airline reps often make trips to the manufacturers to inspect the production lines and aircraft. Sometimes this happens without the airline actually looking to buy aircraft at all. I can remember a highly publicized trip by Aeroflot reps to the 747 line. Of course, nothing came of it. Recently a magazine (I forget which) reported that MAS had decided on the A345. Turns out they had only found out that their reps were looking at the cabin mockup. So far, no decision had been made.
That said, I have it on pretty good authority that Qantas is one of the 6 airlines Boeing reportedly has signed on for the 777LR!
Stuarts8 From New Zealand, joined Apr 2000, 39 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 945 times:
I have read that Qantas was looking at both. In fact i read that their reps went to the Airbus factory before going to Boeing. I have been involved on a discussion on this topic in another forum. I expressed the view that Qantas were long time customers of Boeing and I felt that they would not change particularly in view of the fact that they were part of the original working group on the 777. However i may have to modify my views. It may be that Boeing cannot provide the suitable Aircraft that Qantas requires for its routes. In that case that Justifies a change.