I am not arguing, but if these orders aren't firm then the deal for the 20 737-800 and 25 options are not either.
I went back to Boeing press releases about the 7E7 customers, ANA's order for 50 is described as a firm order and a launch customer. http://www.newairplane.com/en-US/News/7E7Launch.htm
The July 7,04 press release for Blue Panorama and First Choise Airways says that they are the "first in Europe to choose the 7E7...."
"Contract negotiations are expected to conclude later this year."
"...these airlines join the launch team,"
"Boeing has proposal acceptances out to more than two dozen airlines around the world and expects additional orders in the coming months." http://www.newairplane.com/en-US/News/7E7InEurope.htm
And now the press release about Primaris says that they have "chosen" the 7E7. "The airline announced plans to purchase 20 737-800s and 20 7E7-8s, with options for an additional 25 737-800s and 15 7E7-8s."
"Contract negotiations are expected to conclude later this year. Deliveries of the 737-800s will begin in 2007 and the 7E7-8s in 2010."
"Primaris is the first low-cost carrier to select the 7E7 Dreamliner. "
"Primaris joins a growing team of 7E7 launch customers including ANA (All Nippon Airways), a regional and international carrier; Air New Zealand, a long-haul airline; and Europe's Blue Panorama and First Choice, both leisure and scheduled-service carriers. Negotiations continue with additional launch team customers worldwide. " http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2004/q4/nr_041021g.html
So Primaris is placed in the same pool as the rest of the launch customers which are described as firm or planned. Can someone please straighten out the correct number of firm vs. the number of planned orders and who they are for?
psp. lead by example