jfk777 wrote:Things changed in the world but Airbus is not lways the better solution, for SAA a 250 seat long haul plane is better then a 300 seater. A 787-9 being smaller then an A350-900 would be better for SAA on their ultra long haul routes. SAA long hauls move 200 passengers from 5,000 to 8,000 miles, its doesn't need bigger planes.
The question is how the B787-9 performs at 5,500ft. Considering a mission like JNB-JFK at 6,925nm and JNB-HKG at 5,763nm the B789 might not be great with it's smaller wing and thrust compared to the A359. If the A343 and B77W have challenges on JNB-HKG in the summer, then the B787-9 has no chance. The A359 on the other hand has it's very big wing to compensate.