Boeing in pdx wrote:
"Boeing always gives discounts. but not as much as airbus so boeing has a better reputation"
Huh????? Can you please provide me with reliable sources on this one. Other forum members are not rgarded to be reliable sources. Oh, and the 'everybody knows this... blablabla doesn't go either.
"What I actually meant were mega discounts like Airbus sometimes does, I have heard they sold some aircraft for just half the price. I have never heard such stories from Boeing."
The important words here are 'I have heard' and 'stories'. Because unless you can back 'em up with facts, that's what they are: stories, nothing more than that.
Look, what it comes down to is that there is absolutely no proof that Airbus gives more discounts on its products than Boeing. It's all just talk, nothing more. Airbus is not a charity, you know. It is my belief that both give discounts which are more or less the same, on average. Or do you think American, Delta and Continental were just happy to sign exclusivity deals for planes just under list price?
Back on topic
If KLM is only looking at the A330 and 777 to replace the 747-300 (remember, this tender is initially only for the replacement of the 743s, the MD-11 and 767 replacement will take place on a later date), I think the 777 will win. Simply because the A330-300 doesn't have the range to replace the 747, and the A330-200 (which has more range) is too small.