Manni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 23 Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6290 times:
Quoting Astuteman (Reply 2): 31 more A330's - 1 006 in total !!! champagne . Not a peep out of the Airbus website!!!
Fascinating! When the A350 first got introduced, people were wondering if the A330 would ever reach the 1000 orders mark. Some went as far as saying the A330 backlog would dry out well before Airbus can start producing the A350 (theoretically, they might still get what they wished for, but it seems more and more unlikely). Others, including aviation analyst, said Airbus might end up with a marginal share of the widebody market. Looking back at these dumb predictions, I've got to laufia!
I'm certain my figures are 'out' by a handful (Airbus flatly refuse to send me an e-mail every time an A330 makes its first flight - damned inconvenient) but these numbers will give you the big picture.
These numbers don't include orders placed by lessors but not yet assigned to an operator. Nor - of course - do they include orders where an engine choice has not yet been announced. These include 30 for EK (a current operator of Trent 700s but...), 20 for Air China (surely another RR order?), 20 for Gulf (another current Trent operator...), 8 for Saudi Arabian (who knows, but the Airbus PR image shows RR) and a dozen or so smaller orders. (Air One announced this week that they've chosen GE for their 12.)
In other words, there are another 90+ orders waiting to announce an engine and RR must be the favourite for most.
A few significant new A330 operators (or operators with 'new' engines) will start to receive their first planes this year or early in 2009. They include...
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28485 posts, RR: 84 Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6005 times:
Quoting Scipio (Reply 6): Yes, but it is striking how the 787's remarkable success has thus far largely been a one-model success story.
The 787-8 is in the current sweet-spot of the market right now and it is also the first model available (by about three years). It stands to reason it would be the most popular model to date. The 787-9 will certainly come into her own in time.
And the A340-300 took almost all the A340 model's initial orders, as the A340-200 only sold a few dozen as it's market appeal was effectively non-existent once Airbus announced the A330-200.
Quoting PM (Reply 16): LOL! I should have seen that coming!
In short, thank you very much, mate, this is much appreciated. I also strongly suggest PW and GE write "Dear passengers and crew, this A330 is powered by PW/GE purely because RR kindly allowed us to. Please be advised that this aircraft thus may not provide as nice a flying experience as one powered by the Masters from Crewe.".