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"I hope so but JAL publically has said that they are interested but do not plan to order it at this time.
Indeed. However, recently Boeing has reapproached JAL about the aircraft. This is because Boeing has received such tremendous interest, as already publically stated, that if JAL doesn't order now, they won't get a single frame before 2010. Therefore, Boeing re-pitched the aircraft to JAL a few weeks ago basicially saying "It's now or much
later." We may see some movement from the airline this time. Only time will tell. . .
"I wonder why that China order of 60 planes has not been announced, as they seemed pretty keen on the 7E7.
The last I heard, it was supposed to be announced during Farnborough. However, as it clearly wasn't (not much was), I honestly can't say when we'll hear confirmation.
"7E7 is sticking for now, but Boeing executives have been pretty quiet about the name.
In a conference call with reporters about a week before Farnborough, Stonecipher 'accidently' called it the 787 several times. When asked about this, he merely called it a slip of the tongue. I've heard the official name will be announced with the first signed contract, but as BCAInfoSys
pointed it, it is ultimately up to the PR
department, so who knows.
BTW - just a few details. First -8 delivery to ANA in April 2008, with 6 that fiscal year, and 6 the next. First -3 deliveries in 2010. Engines to be chosen later in the year, probably November. Last 767s on order will be taken, but perhaps converted into orders for -300Fs, possibly for NCA. That is still in the air.
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