EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 8223 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9020 times:
Thanks for the link!
The statement:"Today marks the continuation of a 15-year relationship between Boeing and Vietnam and represents the introduction of the next generation of flight," suggests this could be a conversion. But then you have: "With this agreement, Vietnam Airlines shows its growing leadership in Southeast Asia by making the 787 Dreamliner the backbone of their twin aisle fleet." which suggests this is an additional order.
In any case it is interesting. If VN is upgrading from the -8 to the -9 it is a sign that demand for VN flights to long haul destinations is showing a growing trend. If it is a new order, well, it means things are going even better and VN is being really ambitious.
Ozair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 5719 times:
Quoting keesje (Reply 4): Apart from larger, -9s will be more mature / enhanced
I am not sure why you keep saying the -9 will be more mature. By the time VN get their -9s the -8 will have all the same improvements rolled into the production frames so there really won't be a difference (other than the obvious).
Quoting EddieDude (Reply 1): If VN is upgrading from the -8 to the -9 it is a sign that demand for VN flights to long haul destinations is showing a growing trend.
It still leaves them plenty of time to go for the -8 at a later date should they want something to eventually replace the A330. More interesting is how this will gel with their A359 order. Another customer that will fly both manufacturs -9s or are they simply playing the political order game?