Japan Airlines System Corporation is looking to replace aircraft with approximately 15 new 250 seat aircraft. "We are going to need new aircraft to replace older 767s and older A300s. Eventually our replacement requirement will be greater than that,"
it says there.
The first of those is to be delivered in 2008, at a rate of 3 per year. If that is supposed to be a joke, and I guess it is, I am afraid I have missed the point.
So what is this all about? The 7x7 Thing is scheduled to becoming available just around then, but with JL
still not knowing what exactly the Thing is really going to look like maybe they do not want to commit any more than politically required
The A300 was and still is the best short to medium 250 people hauler, Boeings 767-whatever does not get anywhere close to its economics. Problem is, the A 300 is getting "old", with hours accumulating and no true replacement in sight.
Also, the A300 may not fit into the current fleet, for political and whatever other reasons, those are up to anyone's guess.
Then again, with JL
and also NH
being the only truly potential launch customers for the 7x7 - and them clearly being aware of this, both are trying to exploit this advantage - the matter can only be regarded as a game. Political considerations, the trade deficit with the US and some 40% of the possible future Boeing 7x7 to be made in Japan, come to mind.
So what are JL
Airbus likely will put in a political bid, to not upset potential customers and to spoil a competitors life - i.e. standard business practice/procedure.
More likely though is a deal for some A380 and a number of A330'ies or other smaller busses attached to this, for the overall deal to more palatable, i.e. the icing on the cake.
We shall see
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." (Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955)