Whoa! There are a lot of emotions being thrown around on this thread!
"I think "aviation expert" Michael Boyd has no clue what he is talking about.
At least you used the preface 'I think. . .' before you made that comment. Otherwise, criticising someone who actually gets paid to analyze the aviation industry would just be silly. . .
"However, interesting quotings on EK's A345/A346 decision.
, thank you. At least a few people were able to see the real merit of this article.
"Written by true experts... 'Anyone not operating 777's is either not a global player or Lufthansa...'
How would he call...
Air New Zealand
South African Airways
First, that quote is actually a number of years old. I believe it first appeared in the 2001 AW
&ST Source Book. I'm not sure why they are rehashing it here, but there's no need to get your. . ., well, I won't finish. As to who you can and cannot call a 'World Player' is entirely subjective. Of the airlines you
list, I would only include Qantas, South African, Air Canada, and maybe
Northwest. And only two of those operate the A340 [which, if you had known the original quote, is what is being talked about (A340 v. 777)].
"I know that The Boyd Group is based in Colorado, but do you really think that someone would write a pro Airbus article in Boeings hometown paper??? I think not.
Then I would suggest reading The Seattle Times more often. They are often harsher on Boeing than the standard trade magazines. Remember, their market is (ex-)Boeing workers, too, not just the management.
"They announced that Qatar and Emirates both were taking an HGW version.
If I may speak for ConcordeBoy
(a dangerous thing to do, I know), I believe he was referring to the lack of info on the plane's specs. This is the first article where a specific range and/or payload increase has been talked about (OTOH, I find +750nm hard to swallow, but we'll see). Normally Airbus is more than willing to promote the specs for its aircraft.
"Rumor had it that South African Airways was interested in the 777-300ER
SAA looked at the 777 a few years ago (earlier than that, they actually had -200ERs on order, but cancelled them with a change of management). They chose the A340-300/-600 package instead. Of course, with the recent history of SAA's fleet planning decisions, we can all expect a 777 order fairly soon. . .
Interesting thoughts, and I think you (and Udo
) have hit the proverbial nail on the head with regard to this article. Something else to consider, too, in regards to Boeing's cost base, is the continuing weakness of the dollar to the euro. . .
Honor the warriors, not the war.