Jiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2839 times:
China Airlines has decided to order up to 16 Airbus A330-300 this year for it's Asian regional fleet (A300) replacement. The deal will cost around USD$1.5-2 billion.
CI official only told the media that they're always looking at the aircraft (A330), but not yet decide when to order it. The A330 order is because it has A340 in its fleet.
The order probably include 8 firm orders, with up 12-16 if options included. Airbus has promised CI for attractive price.
CI was under pressure for the new order from Boeing, who asked Taiwanese Government for help. However, CI has promised that in the future freighter order, they'll order more B747-400F, and as for the super long-haul fleet, it'll consider Boeing's product first.
Hkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2636 times:
Its even better then the A343 for that !!. At least they use open taiways for takeoff !. You know unlike other carriers that dont even use an OPEN taxiway for takeoff !!. Whats more CI dont blame the airport for their mistakes !!
Dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1866 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
Let's wait until the official order is announced. We have heard Taiwanese airlines having changed their minds way too many times. CI and BR announced LoIs for the B777 in the mid-90s. Then BR changed their mind and signed an LoI for the A340. Then CI ordered 7 A343s and 1 A333. Then BR ordered the B777. Then CI was said to have canceled the single A333 order as well as all the options. Then CI was rumored to have been offered a B777 swap but was denied by the airline. The BR was rumored to consider cancelling the B777 but was later denied by the airline. Now, CI is putting the A330 back in the plan. What a saga! It seems both airlines' fleet planning people don't really know what they want.
Econojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2455 times:
I read the report about the incident on AWST and was amazed at how short the available taxiway was (IIRC just over 6000 ft). Fortunately it was a cold day, but CI sure showed the world that the A340 can LIFT OFF.
But seriously, I believe the A330 to be excellent for short-medium haul missions.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
Thanks for posting the article. Now we can debate the merits of China Airlines ordering either the A330 or 777. While I don't like it, I believe that the U.S. Government is going to have a say in this.
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