According to this article China is set to buy 70 a320 aircraft, for China Eastern, China Souhern and Air China.
The deal is expected to be signed this week when Chinese prime-minister Wen Jiabao visits France.
Seems like China wants to keep everyone happy. So no doubt they will also order the 748 and a350 in the future IMO. As well as more a380's.
Thanks Halibut, I was looking for an english article, glad you found it.
What's interesting is that this order comes on top of the 20 ordered by East Star Airlines. This is sure a fantastic year for both A and B. I wonder if next year we will also see so many orders.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 48 Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5537 times:
The article mentions the order will exceed 70 planes from the A320 family of aircraft.
I think the number was quoted merely to make the comparison with the large Chinese 737 order from last week more than to give away the exact number already.
If I understand it correctly, It could be 80, 90 or more easily and it would then have made sense to announce the 737 order first, because otherwise even G.W. Bush would have felt 'his' 737 order was just the consolation prize for Boeing from the Government of the People's Republic.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21043 posts, RR: 60 Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5359 times:
Quoting Cruiser (Reply 12): Also, the 70 announced last week by Boeing, 45 of them were previously announced, so it was only 25 new orders.
Airbus is really doing well in the single isle category this year.
Demonstrates to me that Boeing needs a 797 sooner than later. While this is a record year for both companies, one can't expect this every year, and the A320 is going to keep winning.
The 737 is a good plane, but it's not about to "win back" A320 customers in large numbers. Only a 797 could do that...
And don't forget, the 727 was replaced with the 757 while the 727 was still selling well, and it sold well even after the 757 was offered up until the 757 went EIS. Should Boeing have rested on it's laurels and not offered the 757?
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
PanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 3999 posts, RR: 92 Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4067 times:
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Quoting Starrion (Reply 21): Do you think either manufacturer will start slowing the booking process in order to move orders into next year?
Yes, I think that is a good point given both have stated they expect 2005 to be a "peak" in orders.
This is another top deal that just goes to show the demand in China. We should all take note of 2005 as I feel it could well be quite sometime before we see such good sales figures for both Airbus and Boeing. Good to see both of them potentially book record sales years for their product lines.
Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 18 Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3757 times:
Quoting N1786b (Reply 23): And how many of the 100 A32xs can Indigo afford?
If I'm not mistaken they are owned by a lather large Indian company, Interglobe enterprises. So they have finacial backing, perhaps more than DBA does. But of course if IndiGo turns out to be a failure, not all those a320's will be delivered. But that's something for the future to decide.