I'm not quite sure yet, why so many of you would consider a LH
777 such a great thing - but maybe that's just my view, since I'm one of those persons trying to get passengers on planes (no, not gate agent... travel agent).
First of all, judging from my own flights, I'll prefer a 343 over a 777 anytime - it's so much quieter in there. Also, and this is something I've heard from quite a lot of customers as well, if I pay in excess of 3000 Euros for a flight from Germany to Brazil in Business Class - on most airlines it'll actually be in excess of 5000 Euros - I'd be quite unimpressed if I actually got a middle seat, which won't happen on an A340, or A330 or B767 (which isn't used on that route anymore): it can happen on a B777 or B747 - which actually made a client book LH
First Class just a short while ago...
Maybe I should start preferring Boeings after all...
But since LH
- just like most airlines - is more concerned about the bottom line than if passengers are comfortable, you can bet that they'll keep comparing Airbusses and Boeings and not sign any type of exclusivity contract - you never know what the manufacturers will be building in 10-15 years and if that even comes close to what you need then...
One final note on this dreadful discussion that constantly keeps popping up about Airbus being Government funded: yes, Airbus was built up by several european governments, but any money given to Airbus these days is on the basis of loans, not subsidies. And you can be very sure that the European Commission would cut off any subsidies at an early stage - just look at what happened at some airlines within the last years.
And seeing all the programmes that Boeing is being awarded, I really have trouble not seeing the US Government as - to say it bluntly - subsidising Boeing... at least the subsidies for Airbus during the pre-EADS-times were officially declared subsidies and not hidden in some research programme that no-one considered necessary.
Having said all that - LH
ordering 777s? Don't see that happening, wouldn't fit the fleet - and as they've ordered 330s for more or less precisely the routes that the original message mentioned, I really can't see what they would gain by putting a completely new type into their fleet - considering that they declined ordering 753s a while back with the comment "that would essentially be an orphaned fleet - nothing else in our fleet has commonality so we'd have to buy everything new, and dedicated, for it".
I'd say the same applies to the 777, at least in the pax version - concerning the freighter, I do see that coming as soon as the MD11 conversion market dries up.
That's it from me for now...