IT sounds to me like this is not a case of the manufacturer pressuring the airline, Boeing 747-400, but the government of India. That's what it sounds like.
If someone evaluated it and said that they should go for 777s, they should have. How can we make progress when we are only going backwards? These middle-ages- type of buying tactics areridiculous. Yes, I would be disappointed if they had gone all Airbus, but if that's what they wanted, they should have done it. On the same hand, I want them to buy all Boeing (especially over the 343- who likes that plane??? The 345, okay, but 343? geesh) and if that's what they want, then they should buy THAT.
Buy what makes sense, not what the government tells you to.
Here in the USA, the government doesn't seem to pressure the airlines (helps that they're not state run, huh?) into buying decisions. Hence we have AA
, US, NW
, AmWest, and JetBlue flying Airbusses, and AA
, and others flying Boeings. Everyone is happy- they did what they wanted. AND- I as a passenger can choose which airline to suit my own needs, rather than the government telling me that Airbusses are better for widebodies, and Boeings for narrowbodies.
Our gov't here in the states has meddled in the past, but we're deregulating lots of industries- electricity, airlines, phone companies, cable tv, are all examples of things that have been de-reg'd in the last 20 years or so.
I hope that Air India can make their decisions work out.