Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13747 posts, RR: 19 Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1551 times:
Qantas Delays Delivery of A330s Until Nov. 2002, Flight Says
By Desmond Hutton
Sydney, April 16 (Bloomberg) -- Qantas Airways Ltd. is delaying the start of delivery of its 13 Airbus Industrie A330 aircraft until November 2002, industry magazine Flight International reported.
Australia's biggest carrier was originally to begin taking delivery of the twin-engine aircraft next April, the report said without citing sources or the cause of the delay.
The airline last month warned that its earnings for the rest of the business year ending in June would be ``significantly impacted'' from increased price competition on domestic routes and a weaker Australian dollar.
The company is also hoping the delay will let it take advantage of new cockpit display technology to be introduced on the new A340-600 in June 2002, that includes flat-panel digital displays for the altitude and airspeed, rather than the analogue devices now in use, the report said.
DeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
What is Qantas thinking? I understand that they would want to take advantage of new cockpit technology, but this simply isn't making since. Airbus has the technology ready, so shouldn't they be able to implement it into the A330 early, simliar to Boeing doing this with the 767-300 before the 767-400 was even flying? With the news that Qantas is considering the 767-400ER, what are they thinking by buying both? Besides range and the great price Airbus gave them, something really smells fishy.
I have heard from a few contacts that they (the first two A330's) have been delayed because apparently Qantas were going to takeover a cancelled order from another airline for the first two A332's. But it has been decided that it is to much extra work and money required to change engineering differences and was not worth the bother and cost. So they are waiting a bit longer for the first A332 as shown in the above schedule.