In case of CSA it is not about Boeing being better than Airbus, or vice-versa. As I implied in my earlier post on this subject, when you are talking about a multibillion dollar industry then your decisions are often made under political pressure.
Especially with the smaller carriers who are faced with a situation in which both options
(e.g. 764 vs. 330 in this case) are rather comparable and similar in terms of performance, payload etc. How do you decide for one or the other, particularly when you are not 100 percent privately owned, and the majority of your shareholders are institutions directly dependent on the government ? It is the behind-the-scenes arrangements that decide these types of deals.
We have seen this over and over again. When China received a favourite nation status, after president Clinton´s visit there, China placed an unprecedented order with Boeing. Saudia did the same thing following the Gulf War. The list may go on and on.
It will be interesting to see the situation that will develop with El Al. I know they have a very sweet offer from Airbus, but this has put them in a very ackward position, because the pressure is to buy from Boeing. After all Israel gets a lot of financial support from the U.S. I do not know why, but I bet they will go with Boeing.
I know this an aviation, not a political forum, that is why I do not want to get into too much discussion about NATO and such. But my point is that it would be naive to think that these aspects have no influence over airlines´ decision. In case of CSA it is quite clear.