BoeingBus From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1595 posts, RR: 18 Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13719 times:
Quoting Zone1 (Reply 6): so it's not that big of a loss for Airbus.
Look, there are not many airlines need the capacity of 744, let alone the A380. So when you have an airline choose to increase their growth with the 748 or te A380 its a loss for the other. Simple as that...
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2688 posts, RR: 59 Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13667 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 7): Or China may just decide they can't split up fleets the way they do with the smaller jets and decide which carriers will be A380 and which will be 748i customers.
I believe you are confusing Taiwan (China Airlines) with mainland China.
Don't get me wrong, when China Airlines buys anything there are certainly politics involved. However, it is unlikely that CI will buy A380's if they go ahead with this 747-8 purchase. Possible, but unlikely.
OTOH, even though politics will certainly be involved, I must say this order makes a lot of sense as well. CI has been looking for a 744 replacement for a while now, and with an extraordinarily large 744 (pax and freighter) fleet, the 748 is a great replacement.