Quote: Kuwait Airways officials told Reuters in June the order would be worth around $3 billion and that the airline placed the order with Alafco rather then manufacturers because it wanted to get them earlier.
Unconfirmed but rather credible rumors add that the main problem was that the Alafco prices agreed by KA were far higher than the named by the manufacturers during past negotiations !!
IMHO this problems will be solved but it will take time. In the meantime, Alafco could yield their early delivery slot to support Boeing B787 deals, between other eventually with BA..
As it seemed you related the B787 first flight issue with the KU cancellation, with would be wishful thinking, I posted the facts. Could you provide 2 or 3 examples of my wishful (i.e. unsupported) thinking ??
By the way, I resent your personal insinuations. .
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12350 times:
The deal appears to be cancelled following Kuwaiti parliament action. This is consistent with the traditional parliamentary restrictions which have put the airline under constant scrutiny since the mid 1990s.
If you ask me, it was a wise move by the Kuwaiti Parliament. As Kuwait is not experiencing an oil / gas windfall as some neighoring countries are, it might be incapable to pump yet more money into its loss-making national airline.
I am yet to hear of any repositioning strategies for Kuwait Airways, to help it turn a profit and to become relevant on the regional scale. Kuwait Airways appears to be stuck in the mid 1990s.
SkyyMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11169 times:
If people would actually READ these articles, they would know it's a Kuwaiti governmental/financing issue. It has nothing to do with the 787 or Boeing OR Airbus. Why do people like Oldeuropean have to make out every freaking story to be an A versus B thread? Someone kill this one before it get's any nastier.
TKV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10601 times:
Quoting PHLwok (Reply 10): Did this order actually cancel with Airbus and Boeing, or does ALAFCO just have 19 more aircraft to lease out now? Or, I guess, back to KU assuming that they renegotiate?
Quoting FAEDC3 (Reply 12): ´m sure there will be more than enough companies interested in getting those slots (both A320 and B787). ALAFCO should have no problem allocating them with other customers
Quoting Bok269 (Reply 14): Does this mean that ALAFCO will just redistribute the planes to other carriers or they will cancel the order with Boeing?
ALAFCO would be unwise cancel the order to the manufacturers, as to have ensured early slots is a very valuable asset. Boeing, at the present moment, would probably be happy if they do so, as have these slots available would help them to ensure larger contacts. But of course, Boeing and Alafco could collaborate, as done with ILFC with the LAN Agreement.
That is, if the KU order is not reinstated, through Alafco or directly to the manufacturers.
Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 11): If you ask me, it was a wise move by the Kuwaiti Parliament. As Kuwait is not experiencing an oil / gas windfall as some neighbouring countries are, it might be incapable to pump yet more money into its loss-making national airline
I would agree with you in a normal case. But knowing how things are there, probably the reason was more an interest conflict between Alafco and the Government.. But I am sure the government wants a deal !! Kuwait is profitting from the oil boom as well as the neighbors, but I assume you mean that the money surplus is smaller, as they have a lot more inhabitants.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6019 posts, RR: 55 Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6947 times:
Quoting TKV (Reply 6): Unconfirmed but rather credible rumors add that the main problem was that the Alafco prices agreed by KA were far higher than the named by the manufacturers during past negotiations !!
Very likely that's correct. That's normal. First the politicians see a price on a bare plane. Then a contract is negotiated including training, spareparts stock, MX tools, ground computer shop for flight logs and all those extras which are needed to fly the planes. And price has of course gone north.
The problem has probably already been solved. A new contract with existing slots on bare planes only. Then next year they will sign a new contract on the extras only.
In the meantime some stupid politicians managed to make their mark in the press. Game over.
That trick is used by even the largest corporations in the world when there is a procurement dispute. You manipulate a primary contract to fit the "political" circumstances and postpone the unavoidable consequences to another fiscal year after having circled the money around on some irrelevant accounts. And everybody save their faces.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
25 Azhobo: Gee if this is truly a cancellation it will be interesting to see who puts it on the books first.
26 7cubed: Nothing new here. This guy's confrontational...Why bring Halibut & Aminobwana into this? What Boeing needs to do is get these 12 - 787 slots on ebay.
27 TKV: From Boeing's point of view there is no cancellation, as long as Alafco does noy decide to do such, which, as several members noted, is very improbab
28 Zillox: What do you mean with no oil/gas windfall. Kuwait is also benefiting from the high oil prices, not?
29 Glom: May some privatising is in order? Did wonders for BA among others.
30 TKV: Sooner as expected, and seeming to confirm what I wrote in my former posts, between other reply 17 in the sense that the root of the problem was the u