Funny, no one has mentioned NW
yet, they seem interested in both the 7E7 and the A350. Both offer long range, and low to mid 200 hundreds payloads. What if they bought SQ
A340-500's at a "discounted rate" because they are used, and put them on a DTW
, or MSP
route. I'm sure that their is enough connection and business travel to make the DTW
flight finacially feasable, and they can probably make the MSP
flight possible through connections. Instead of a stop in LAX
, they go from New york or the east coast to the midwest then on to SYD
. No additional time in stopping or flying, and with the A330, their is already pilots flying a semi-common plane.....not only that, but this would give them a platform to train on for the introduction of the A350....which we all know they are going to order anyways. This fits right into NW
business plan of lately. Open new markets and fly planes to their max and get them at a discounted rate. This would definitely make Airbuses day, week, and year, and help NW
on their way to an all-airbus fleet.
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing! It's a bonus if you can fly the plane again!!