". . .surprised they've yet to tack the inevitable 772LR portion onto it.
I don't believe that will come immediately. Possible, but unlikely. It's more likely they won't order the -200LR (if at all) until next year, at which time some of these options will be converted.
"I find the idea of Airbus buying back portions of the SQ 777-200ER fleet a tad ironic, looks like Leahy took some notes from the A343 fiasco.
If you read the article closely, SQ
actually wants Boeing, not Airbus, to buy back a few (derated) -200ERs. This is surprising, since they are also postponing their regional fleet order.
"Seems that they are not replacing the entire B 747-400 fleet for now and most of them will stay for a while.
Depends on what you consider 'most of the fleet.' Of 42
pax. aircraft delivered, 1
crashed a few years ago, 4
are already operating with other airlines, and another 8
stored and have been put up for sale. That leaves a total of 29 operting aircraft. This is before
any 350-seat order (looks to be 777-300ERs) as well as the introduction of the A380 in 2006. Like it or not, the vast majority of the pax. 747-400s will be gone by the end of the decade.
"Won't the 7E7 be competing in the same category as the A330, thereby having a (almost) similar width or size as the fuselage of the A330 and carrying almost the same number of passenger (same length as the A330)?
The 7E7 will actually have a slightly wider
cabin than the A330, though not as wide as the 777. However, the 7E7-3/-8 will be 11' shorter than the A330-200, and of course, significantly lighter (especially the -3). As for passenger capacity, Airbus lists the A330-200 as a 253-seat (3-class) aircraft, while the 7E7-3/-8 is a 217-seat aircraft. OTOH, despite the smaller size, Boeing is promising nearly identical cargo capacity as the A330-200. Will be interesting. . .
"No doubt they will convert these 18 as firm orders from 44 options that they hold on the 777 type.
I would say there is quite a bit of doubt. Options usually cover both airframe and engine. Therefore, SQ
's current 777 options (24 now, by my count), also cover 48 Trent 800s. Therefore, an order for the 777-300ER will be a 'from scratch' order. This line of thought holds true if we can believe the published article, in which it states 18 firm and 13 optioned aircraft.
"It is worth noting that they have still to take delivery of 6 each 777-200; -200ER and -300.
Again, this is not correct. SQ
currently has outstanding orders for 2 -200ERs and 4 -300s. That's it (besides options).
"The 7E7-9 and A332 will however be closely sized.
The 7E7-9 will actually be slightly larger, basically bridging the gap between the A330-200 and -300.
"I think its up to them whether or not to exercise them.
The only new 747-400 order you will ever see from SQ
now will be for Freighters.
"UA has 30+ B 747-400s options what I heard
Last I heard, all UA
options (for all aircraft) had been cancelled.
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