• While Airbus is confident US Airways will keep its A350 order, it has not---so far as we can determine---been reaffirmed. It's quite possible the "new Delta" headed by US Airways management could place an order for the 787 and off the A350.
•Air France-KLM and nearly all of Europe's other legacy carriers are looking at the so called middle market (787/A350) category.
•Airbus has traditionally done well with the European legacy airlines, but its credibility in the twin-aisle market has taken a beating with the A380 problems and six tries needed to get the A350 right.
•Airbus is banking on the fact that the 787 line is sold out to 2013, when the first A350 is due to enter service.
•Qatar still needs to firm up its order for 60 A350s and there are conflicting reports whether Saudi Airlines will place a large order for twin-aisle airplanes this year.
•Airbus is also counting on its new A350 composite design to be at least 20% less costly than the Boeing 777, which will be nearly 20 years old in 2013---but Boeing will use the interim to improve the 777 or, perhaps, even design a composite replacement.
•Airbus' A380 has to deliver in October, there simply can't be another delay. And the airplane has to work flawlessly.
That was there, but in the interest of brevity, I left it out:
Quote: •Boeing’s bet on the future, the 787, is scheduled to roll out in May. Boeing has acknowledged some problems but says everything is still on time. Even if the plane is late, by weeks or even a few months, this will still compare favorably to the two year delays of the A380. Nonetheless, all eyes will be on Boeing and any hiccup will probably be pounced on by skeptics.
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4726 times:
Not just the first flight (planned for August?) but also the start of flight-testing. If the 'advanced technology' 787 performs to specification it will IMO be the biggest aviation event in many years.
From the Airbus viewpoint the high point will clearly be delivery of the first A380 (scheduled for October)?
If EITHER of those events don't happen on schedule it will be a severe setback for the company concerned.
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
DrExotica From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4706 times:
One big item in Scott's article that was omitted concerned the USAF tanker competition. Scott states:
"Either way, we think the KC-30 is toast. Politically it will never fly through Congress. And we also think the USAF won’t go back on its original decision for the KC-767, no matter how tainted that process was."