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Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Sat Jun 21, 2003 5:54 pm

From The Peninsula newspaper

"Speaking to reporters in Paris, Foreign Minister H E Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani referred to the deal with Airbus and said so far no agreement has been signed with the US-based Boeing.

He added, however, that a proposal was under consideration. “We hope in the near future, maybe next year, to begin negotiations to add Boeing aircraft to the Qatar Airways fleet. The key factor in this respect is the competition between Airbus and Boeing, and whichever offers better prices and terms, would gain the approval of the specialists in this regard,” the Foreign Minister said."

The Foreign Minister is also the chairman of Qatar Airways as he is one of the largest shareholders in the airline. He is reffering to an order that is expected to include the A340-500 or B777-200LR which Boeing have confirmed that QR is still interested in.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Sun Jun 22, 2003 1:49 am

what an interesting little airline this is... for whatever reason, QR has always seemed more interested in the 772LR than A345; even though they already have A340NG on order. That, and they could very well end up as the launch customer for the 772LR if they wanted.
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Sun Jun 22, 2003 1:54 pm

After the way Boeing was played by QR during this last order, I'd like to see Boeing publicly pass on QR's next order. It will then be fun to see how "good" the pricing is when only Airbus is the vendor to QR.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Sun Jun 22, 2003 2:24 pm

L1011Fan,

Boeing was not played by QR. QR has always had the B777 as part of its expansion plans and in fact QR was close to signing an order with Boeing when Airbus came with a last minute offer which they couldn't refuse.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Mon Jun 23, 2003 3:22 am

Be interesting to know the details of this "unrefusable" deal.

QatarAirways... think you can dig up the dirt for us? Big grin Big grin
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Mon Jun 23, 2003 4:21 am

Playing the vendors is how industry on this planet works.

AA solicited a bid for A340-500s, and even publically announced their interest in them, just to put pressure on Boeing regarding the Trent 800 on the 777X.

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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Mon Jun 23, 2003 7:49 am

It's one thing to have the vendors go against one another but it's another thing entirely to have no intention of buying from vendor X and using them to get a better price on vendor y. I realize that's how the world is and all I'm saying is it would be interesting to see if Boeing called QR's bluff next time and we could all see just how much Airbus is willing to negotiate if they know that Boeing is not bidding...
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Mon Jun 23, 2003 8:05 am

No. Its not another thing entirely.

American had no intention of buying A340-500s... but they did it.

The sales staff at Boeing are professionals. They know better than to not bid on as lucrative an account as Qatar.

Even moreso, Boeing will certainly bid if for no other reason than to narrow Airbus' margins on an eventual win.

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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Mon Jun 23, 2003 12:47 pm

L1011Fan,

QR wasn't bluffing when they said they wanted the B777-200LR, in fact if you ask anyone who has been following the order since last year they would say that this was the aircraft that they were interested in in the first place. At the end of the day Boeing was outdone by Airbus when they submitted a last minute deal which QR thought would be better for them.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 1:25 am

Oh come on QatarAirways.

As an all-Airbus operator it doesn't make much sense to not buy the A340NG. Airbus is always going to make a play to keep them as a customer. Although the 777 may make business sense in a vacuum, it's never going to make sense for them with all the other Airbuses they have.

Their interest with Boeing just amounts to flirting in order to get Airbus to lower their prices. They said it themselves in the press release.

If I were Boeing, I would be reluctant to put much effort into an account that I have a limited chance of winning. I would definitely submit a bid, but I wouldn't bend over backwards courting them.
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 1:33 am

My guess is that QR wants a Higher Gross Weight (HGW) version of the A340-500 so they can fly DOH-JFK non-stop year-round. This is probably the same reason why EK will buy the A340-600HGW, primarily so they could fly DXB-JFK year-round.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 1:53 am

Brons2,

Again the commonality thing isn't as important as people say it is look at the amount of A330/B777 combinations in the world. I have followed this order closeley ever since early 2002 and believe me if you ask anyone involved with the purchase you will know that the B777 was favoured by some people in the company (incl. CEO) and the A340NG by others and that initially Boeing gave the best offer. Even managment-level pilots were informed that the B777 was joining the fleet. Airbus later gave QR an offer they couldn't refuse.

This from ATWonline confirms what I said:

"Qatar sources visiting the show told ATWOnline that Boeing had been promised an order but withdrew from the bidding when it met the airline's demands only to be trumped by a late bid revision by Airbus."
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 2:08 am

You don't get it.

This is going to happen every time. Airbus is not about to set idly by and let Boeing gain traction at Qatar. (no doubt at a loss on the 346HGW, it's only 2 units anyways) Qatar will be more than happy to accept the generous terms.

I don't understand why it is that Qatar is interested in the 777NG anyways, the A340NG pretty much fulfills the same mission, and they are already an A332 operator, so they can use pilots on both. They'd probably get better hot and high performance with the 4 engined A340NG.

So, what's the point for Boeing anyways? Qatar can say they are really interested until they're blue in the face, but the preponderance of evidence points to the contrary. Not to say their bait and switch tactics in this order competition.
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 2:20 am

Brons2,

I was initially replying to what L1011Fan said that QR are not interested in the B777 and only said so to get a better deal from Airbus which is not true.

"I don't understand why it is that Qatar is interested in the 777NG anyways"

The B777-300ER is lighter, faster, burns less fuel, cheaper to maintain, carries more payload, better in resale and available before the A340-600HGW. It is a similar situation with the B777LR/A345 except for the last point.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 2:41 am

"The B777-300ER is lighter, faster, burns less fuel, cheaper to maintain, carries more payload, better in resale and available before the A340-600HGW. It is a similar situation with the B777LR/A345 except for the last point."

I don't know how you could make this statement. In fact, you can't.

Nobody knows if its cheaper to maintain, or that it burns less fuel.

Its not faster - the A340-500 and -600 have the same M0.84 cruising speed thanks to their new wing.

How could you say its better in resale when the first production unit hasn't even been built yet much less delivered to its owner?

The A340-500 will be fine to fly nonstop-year-round DOH-JFK, in fact, the A340-600HGW probably will be able to.

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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 9:03 am

Gigneil,

Its a rule of physics. A twin-engined aircraft will always be cheaper to maintain than a quad (unless you don't have to pay for maintanence on two of the four engines  Wink/being sarcastic ). Also, since most airlines are now maintaining thier quads to ETOPS standards, even when they don't have to, this is even more true.

As far as burning less fuel, thats also provable. Just look at the respective aircraft's ranges, then look at their fuel capacity. The 777-300ER has a max range of 8,540 s.m. with a max fuel capacity of 47,890 U.S.g. That's 5.61 gallons for every mile. On the A340-600 (non-HGW), the respective numbers are 8,635 s.m. and 51,480 U.S.g. That's a rate of 5.96 gallons/mile.
That is a very basic calculation. However, taking into account that the 777 has to maintain a larger % of reserves due to ETOPS, and the fact that in flight testing it has proven to be 1% more fuel-efficient than original specs indicated (not taken into account in above), the difference is even greater.

However, you are absolutely right in stating that resale value, as of yet, cannot be determined for either aircraft. Of course, even down the road that will be hard to determine, as Airbus has guaranteed the resale of the A340NG to a couple of customers, so a true market value may never be known.

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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 10:54 am

I guess Qatar will goes for common cockpit , they are already operating an Airbus fleet , if they do select the A340-500 , that does make sense as maintainance cost is much lower then operating an A330/340/777 fleet . But I may be wrong .

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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 12:51 pm

Gigneil and Hamlet69:

At this early phase of both aircraft, the future resale value is mostly tied to how much discounts these airplanes are being sold at. As the aircraft mature, then the actual performance and popularity of the aircraft will affect the resale values. If what QatarAirways says is true, then it means Airbus is discounting more heavily on the 346 than Boeing is discounting on the 773ER.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 5:57 pm

Is the A340NG`s cruise speed really M.84? I always thought it was M.83, a gain of M.01 from the 200 and 300...


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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Tue Jun 24, 2003 6:12 pm

@Hamlet69

Quite a bold statement:
"Its a rule of physics. A twin-engined aircraft will always be cheaper to maintain than a quad (unless you don't have to pay for maintanence on two of the four engines ). "

How much do you know about maintenance costs, especially regarding engine maintenance? Care to give a bit a more comprehensive reasoning?

Back to topic, I guess it's a fair game for Qatar to use competitive bids to obtain the best available deal, and as someone said each supplier should be at least interested to make the chossen ones margin as small as possible. That's how business works I guess........

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RE: Qatar Airways To Announce Another Order 2004

Wed Jun 25, 2003 2:14 am

Its not faster - the A340-500 and -600 have the same M0.84 cruising speed thanks to their new wing.

From what I hear, they actually had to change the wing to bring the aircraft to its originally promised weight/range/speed... not fortify them. The latter is what this supposed A346HGW is for.
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