Here's a quiz for you. When you make any purchase in life, from a jug of milk to a new car, is the final decision always ONLY about dollars and cents versus utility?
An even better question would be: why do you continue to conflate personal finances with corporate CapEx?
The two are not remotely similar, regardless of your assertion to the contrary.
Even a master of emotionally-targeted promotion, Richard Branson, knew better than to let patently ridiculous emotional appeals (e.g. "4engines4longhaul
!") influence his company's ACTUAL purchases. If you don't believe that, then tell us about all those 4holers that are incoming into VS these days.
AA in a bitter dispute with Airbus over AA587, including public blame shifting... orders more Airbuses.
UA in a bitter dispute with GE over UA232... plenty of GE flying with UA.
DL hated RR for the delays on the L10 program... now they're a freakin' approved mtx company for RR
Emotion has no part of this in publicly-owned shareholder-responsible airlines. Heck, even government-owned carriers rarely deviate from that norm:
MS in a dispute with Boeing that continues to this day, over MS990... orders more Boeings.
A corporate purchase is vasty different than a personal purchase. You seem to know very little about corporate business and most of your posts show this.
Gotta agree. That's the inherent flaw in his analysis.
I myself, suspect a more prosaic motive... ~Thranduil