@ Keesje: I can only say so much that I have this from sources quite close to this subject. Sorry, can´t go into more details here. Don´t expect anything offical from LH
- officially the competition is still between the CRJ700/900, Embraers, B717 and the A318, even though the FD728/928 are reviewed since some time, and the Fokkers which have come into this just recently.
@ Greg: This is what I was thinking before I heard this about the Fokkers. However, waiting until 4Q04 has now three advantages:
- to see what is going to happen with the FD728/928
- to see what is going to happen with the F70/100NG restart
- to see the "real" performance of the Embraer 170
In addition you could add that especially Boeing should get quite desperate in its trys to sell the B717 which might be an additionally lowered price. But as you say, both Berlin and Farnborough will be highly interesting this year, and Lufthansa will be one of the centralplayers.
@AA737-823: Fokker has something neither Boeing nor Embraer have - a customer base which is alread flying this type since many years - plus carriers which in the past had these types in the fleet and might reconsider a new version.
Besides the price tag for the Fokkers will be quite a bit lower as the development costs which have to be regained will be way lower than those of the B717 and the Embraer family. Means that they can undercut Airbus, Boeing and Embraer nearly all of the time if necessary. Besides they offer a growth plattform with the Fokker F100 and a shrink plattform with the Fokker F70, at least the Fokker F130 as a 130-seater had already been planned and was only shelvedbecause of DASA´s particiation in Fokker and the higher anticipated sales volumes of the A319.