I dont want to gloat: but earlier when i mentioned that the lease tax proposal would be reviewed, *ahem* one member with connections in high places was at my throat then. If u Look carefully dear, I am doing my *told u so* dance right now!!
I believe IC's is not a case of scrapping the order but reviewing it because they feel that IC would require some widebodies as well (which IMHO is absolutely essential).
ABSOLUTELY!! Both carriers are being asked to rework their current plans and make it more long-term in approach. So IC
has been asked to include widebodies so it can be competetive in the situation when the intl skies are freed from AI
's monopoly and other Indian carriers are allowed to compete: something that I think will happen in a phased manner WITHIN the next 5 years. We dont want a situation where IC
has to again wait for 7 years to purchase widebodies while 9W
go international. Ditto for AI
Which is why I think IC
will submit a reworked proposal for not just 43 Airbus A32X's series (20 A321, 4 A320 and 19 A319- incl 11 for Alliance.) but also a mix of A332/A333 aircraft which would complement their existing fleet of 40 A320's very well. For AI
I think we are not going see the A343 scrapped, but rather expect to see A345/346 added to the order. Such a bulk order with one mfr would enable the airliens to negotiate a joint deal and get bulk discounts.