Aviationbuff From India, joined Mar 2008, 1428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7013 times:
Quoting Scbriml (Reply 1): An order from QR was expected, but the nature of it was unknown (i.e. Airbus and/or Boeing).
There are some rumors about a considerable order for A320's. Probably they want to counter flydubai, Al-Baker hinted not long ago that QR can setup a LCC in 60/90 days. There were also rumors that QR want to start an all premium brand.
All the above rumors points towards an order of narrowbody.
N1786b From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 560 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6539 times:
Well, the QR has been talked about for a while now.
And the "Turkish" order, a "big" THY order has been expected since the beginning of this year. The have postponed it twice and it wouldn't surprise me that the official announcement is being withheld until the Paris Air Show (plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose).
Obvious deduction is
-B787 is not available until 2020 with delays and backlog,
-B777 is not a long term option, just interim (that's why the recent B773ER order was for only 5 pieces and the 9W leases were only extended for 2 years while waiting for the new machines to come).
Widebody is going A350XWB, Airbus probably has some A350 slots available 2014-2015.
25-30 is ideal, and seen that the A350XWB is running rather strong, Airbus is not going to be able to offer many "option" slots.
Narrowbody will probably tend to be A320.
I don't expect it to be a 50-strong order though, more like a 35-40 for deliveries starting 2011, they just got new A320's and alot of their B737NG's are new.