Just wanted to add Katie from the Pacific
My others would be
and I would not exclude EK of the game. As the B748Fs will be crewed by EK pilots they could also be interested in getting the Pax version.
my 6th vote goes for AI or Air China
Pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2057 posts, RR: 12 Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 25669 times:
Quoting Cloudyapple (Reply 12): Only 6 ongoing campaigns? Of all the airlines in the world they can only pick 6 to talk to? That is sad.
Is a snide comment all you have to contribute? I suggest someone who has the term "cloudy" as part of your name you look at some clear skies with sunshine.
Everyone was so quick to jump on the A380 never going anywhere. Now it is in service the only question is can the seats be filled consistantly on them all to make economic sense. Will the individual program ever make money. Probably but it may take a while. It will probably bring Airbus prestige even if it isn't an excellent financial venture. Some car companies field high end sports models that are not really worth the investment per se but do wonders for the overall brand.
The 747-8i will be built and it will sell more copies than just LH. It will be a fine aircraft with a great interior. I can't wait to fly on one. Like with the A380 there will be a lot of people who have made foolish statements with egg on their faces who jumped to far too early conclusions. Will it have record sales. No. Does Boeing expect it to be a massive seller. No. Will it be a financial success (despite all the opinion on this subset of subculture of the traveling public) we will see, but I think Boeing knows something a few people on here don't.
BrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3812 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 25557 times:
The argument I heard for CX not taking the 748i was that they could have ordered i with the F. Fair point.
Basically what we know is that 6 airlines are looking at the 748i, and almost certainly the A380 as well. I suppose that means that 6 airlines are looking for aircraft of that size at this moment in time, and will likely place an order soon. These may, or may not be A380 customers looking to add additional orders, or new VLA customers. Either way, 60-100+ frames are likely to be ordered soon of 748/388 size.
I would not rule out VS and BA, just yet either, and UA or NW could be candidates too. But even if they are not and even if the 748i does not win any of the orders, i will not necessarily mean the end for the programme.
Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
UAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 25399 times:
If the merger frenzy ever dies down in the US and in particular UA dont nerge with anyone, based on the fact that UA have stated they "have a plan" to proceed as a stand alone airline, one would have thought that they are a strong candidate for the 748i...Boeing would of course love to "bag them", being based in Chicago as well. I just dont see the A380 ever joining UA's fleet.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 26950 posts, RR: 83 Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 25342 times:
No way PA will take the 747-8I. They could have transferred their 747-400 order over, but instead took the 777-300ER.
CI is a possibility, now that they have chosen the A350 for their medium widebody family.
I think OZ could be a possible 747-8I candidate, but they seem to be moving away from VLAs if the Wiki data is correct - sending back their 744s and going to a 77W and 77E on ICN-JFK and converting their 744Ms to 744BCFs. So perhaps the 787 family (-8, -9 and -10) is enough for them going forward?
JL could be a 747-8I customer since it would be fine for Japanese travelers who have been said to patronize them.
CA, I don't know. They have four 744s, but do they fly them on long-haul? (Wiki says they're used internally). If CA only flies 744Ms on long-haul, do they need any VLA at this time? Could they be like OZ and be happy with either the 77W or perhaps the 747-8I?
25 ERAUgrad02: Well considering that Airbus stated last week it expects to sell 30 A380's this year means that's alot of 747-8i's to be sold this year ...
26 Khobar: Okay, thanks for that. I didn't actually read the article so thank you for correcting me.
27 Hamlet69: These would be my guesses: Air India Jet Airways Etihad Airways Saudia China Airlines Virgin Atlantic Regards, Hamlet69
28 Zeke: Freighter sales do not translate into Pax sales, a bit if a trend is there already with a few operators. With the 744ERFs, that did not translate int
29 RJ111: I'm sure there will be more 748I orders. It has really decent specs. When it gets into service more may come. Look what happend with the A380. Orders
30 PW100: Whoa, the list is growing fast . . . : China Eastern Air China JAL Asiana China Airlines Philippines Air India All Nippon Jet Airways Malaysian Airli
31 OldAeroGuy: While the potential customer list is long, it's the actual buyers who matter.
32 Bmacleod: You can take Air Canada off the list...77W is as big as they will need at least until 2012... Northwest is about to be swallowed by DL and they have
33 CHRISBA777ER: Sorry if this seems a little negative but.... Nope - very doubtful. No way. Never. Would have to be leased. Never in a million years. Nope - 77W is as
34 Pnwtraveler: Take off Air Canada for now. They won't order an A380 or B747-8l until they have a number of routes that will support them year round. They are adding
35 PW100: Whoa, hold your horses please . . . These were not my suggestions, it's just a condensed accumulated version of what other posters were posting. They
36 SOBHI51: But now they are more interested with Airbus than Boeing so why not A350's?