Nice try DFW dude... I like Boeing planes too.
Great... allow me to recommend a plastic model kit
But Airbus is building what airlines want to buy at a price airlines want to pay. Boeing isn't ...
Airbus has never once met their target OEW for the A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, or A340-600. Airbus does not have a modern widebody capable of flying regional sectors. Airbus does not have a direct replacement for the 767-300ER.
Is Airbus serving the needs of the airlines who want an A310 replacement, or a 767 replacement, or want a product that will meet its performance goals the first
time? No, smart one. Look at the major orders coming down the pipe....
wants a 747 replacement, and before the day is over
a 773ER is on the tarmac in SYD
. It's there for a "Connexion" demonstration but why would AF
be asked to delay one of their 773ERs when other Connexion equipped aircraft are available for demo purposes? There were major ulterior motives for sending a 773ER to SYD
, and you can bet Boeing will be all over that order.
Oh, and what can Airbus do if Boeing launches the 777-200LRF? The A345 is 56,000 lbs heavier than a 772LR, so if your suggesting that it would make a suitable freighter platform you must be joking. Then there are the 18-30 773ERs SQ
is ordering before year's end. And EK
could easily order a sizable number in the same timetable.
What Boeing is losing out on is low-yield narrow body orders. Oh darn, Boeing missed a chance to scrap a 1% profit on precious delivery slots. By not flooding the market, Boeing has kept the resale value of their aircraft very high, which customers and lessors appreciate. And why is Airbus being so aggresive for narrow body orders? To keep cash flow positive as Boeing takes major high-yielding widebody order away from them
Boeing doesn't love losing ordes, but given selling 30 777-300ERs to SQ
or 60 737-800s to Air Berlin, you go with the 777s.