Here are my replies to suggestions posted for this topic :
1. If Alitalia is thinking of bringing in a larger aircraft into its fleet, it will 100% not be the A 380, it will most likely be the Boeing 777-300ER or Boeing 747-400 (they have a freighter version of it)...but I bet it would be the 773 as they already have the 772. 773 would replace MD
11s and maybe B 7E7 replace their ageing B 763s by 2007-08.
2. Cathay Pacific and Air Canada are not in a position to order new aircraft this year.
3. Air India's order would be for 17 B 772ERs or A 343s + 17 B 739s or A 321s.
4. JAL and ANA will not be ordering the A 380 anytime soon and I dont think so will order them as they would be filled up on domestic routes mainly and not consistently on LHR
- New York">JFK routes!
Motorhussy wrote "Thai could do with a small fleet as could China Airlines, Asiana, Eva and Air New Zealand. Maybe BA
and KLM (has CargoLux ordered yet?). Perhaps NWA and United. Eventually South African"
5. Only BA
and SAA have the demand scale to consistently operate the A 380 on key routes to USA-UK-SA-HKG
etc etc, the other airlines do not especially ANZ-UAL-NWA.
6. Qatar Airways is not now going to order Boeings until 2007 earliest I would say as its Chairman has already said that it will and continue to be "an exclusive AIRBUS customer". Its not considering A 345s...it is sticking with A 346 IGWs.
7. Air New Zealand have replaced their B 737 Classics with A 320s. The ideal replacement for their B 763s is the Airbus A 332 or A 343 or B 772 however I see Airbus winning the battle here using the A 332 + A 343 combo promotion to its advantage. I dont think so that it will replace its B 744s with A 380s nor A 346s as they regularly fill up their 744s to LHR
8. Whats the latest on KUWAIT AIRWAYS replacing their AB6s and A 313s with A 332s?
9. BIMAN buying B 772ERs to replace DC 10-30ERs? They leased 3-4 this year for HAJJ!
10. I wouldnt be surprised if EMIRATES places a MOU or a large order for more B 777s or A 330/340s at some prestigious air show/event next year.