NZ321 wrote:So assuming Airbus doesn't get further orders for the -800 and the programme is canned what will replace all those A332s and 767-300ERs? 797 is a long way off. Some of those domestic 763s and A332s are getting pretty long in the tooth. Is this where Airbus response to 797 comes in? We're talking a long lead time here. Be interesting to do an analysis of the average age of A332 763 equipment. Thoughts?
The A338 will not be canned since parts for it are already being produced (from what I understand from well respected members here with first hand knowledge of this). The A338 most likely will get new orders in the future, but not in the numbers the A332 got them. It isn't like it's a huge cost for Airbus to even develope it, and that money has already been spent anyways, so might as well produce and offer it.
The Airbus response to the probable Boeing MOM will most likely be a stretch of the A321 with a new wing and possibly a strengthened main gear if the current one can't support 105-110t weights. But that's off topic so won't discuss it further in this thread.