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Gulf Air - Why Did It Reject The 777  
User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Posted (15 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3327 times:

One thing which puzzles me even now is why GF turned down its orders for the 777, eventhough it was one of its launch customers.

Instead GF opted for the A340, which I think was a big mistake.

I would love to have seen a 777 in GF's colours today, but sadly the GF tail depicted on Boeing's first aircraft never made it.

Does anyone know the reason to the cancellation of the order?

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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6832 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

They ordered the A343 before the 777 and it was already in service when they ordered the 777. From what I remember. the 777 didn't fit in with Gulf Air's fleet plans and they opted for cockpit commonality with the A343 and ordered the A332 instead of the 777. I think they also started to see a drop in traffic as Emirates got bigger and more successful. This topic has been discussed before and you can look for that with the Search function. I agree, it would have been nice with a 777 in Gulf Air colors. The777Man

Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineSwiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Yeah really to bad that Gulf Air didn't want the Boeing 777. For me is the 777 the best airplane in the world. Have flown on Malaysian and American 777-200 and I just love this plane. So spacious. I don't like the Airbus A340 very much, the 777 is much better.

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

What i really do like about the A340 is, it is a very very quiet plane. But still the 777 is still better.


Boeing747 万岁!
User currently offlineSwiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

Yeah the 777 is the best. Glad that Singapore Airlines bought more 777. The 777 is so great, especially inside of Malaysian Airlines, you have so much possiblities to do. But also interior of American Airlines 777 looks very nice and so spacious.

User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5095 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (15 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

Shame that they rejected the 777 it would have look great on the Gulf Air livery.

Work Hard But Play Harder
User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (15 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

That' life! Gulf Air must have had some reasons why they didn't go for the triple seven. I mean if every airline would think they way I have the luck to read here so far I would say byebye Airbus - since Boeing is much better anyways...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineCatpac From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

C'mon guys, don't be kids....Boeing is this and Boeing is that,....don't be childish.

Don't get me wrong, I like any airliner heaps, weather its Beechcraft, Boeing or Airbus, but I won't go and brag about its spaciousness,...etc, but rather see something special in every aircraft, because quite frankly Airbus has something that is better than what Boeing has to offer and vice versa.

The reason why your comments are inaccurate and wrong is that If the 777 was so good than why is Airbus almost selling as many aircraft as Boeing....?

Also saying how spacious the 777 is, is really wrong as every airline has its own seating config, for instance Thai 777-300 is jam packed to the last inch, regardless what you fellas say, but I am not gonna say that the 777-300 is a bad machine because its so crowded, its the airline I should be looking at and not the airliner.


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

Please, don't let this become an A vs. B war.


Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineA330/B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3123 times:

Why is it whenever people begin comparing an Airbus and a Boeing, it's an A v B war?

Space is not something that varies. It is always constant. A 777 will always be wider than a A340. That is a fact. Another fact is that the coach seats on a 777 are in fact the widest in the sky. They are wider than an A340's, wider than a 747, wider than whatever else is flying today.

I'll be the first to argue that the A320 is more spacious than any 737, and also argue that the 777 has more comfortable seats(width wise) than the A330/340. Of course, that's with all things being equal--they're not.

Fact is, most carriers have choosen one aircraft over the other. Therefore, it is silly to say that one is better than the other based on seperate experiences from two differant airlines' products. Untill you've flown on each of these aircrafts with the same airline, you really can't jump to conclusions.

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