I disagree with the idea.
As I have said in other posts (before I get slammed!) I think that there IS
a market for the A380. But not a big one. Airbus will be successful at it, but if Boeing jumped in and did the same, both manufacturers would go down the tubes for a while.
I think that the 7E7 has a much larger market. The 767 (which it replaces, mind you) has been a VERY successful aircraft, with production approaching 1000 units (not quite there yet).
Additionally, the Southwest business model works. And one of the main ideas behind it is POINT TO
POINT SERVICE. Connect the dots. Passengers prefer to fly nonstop (except us aeroplane nerds). The 7E7 will make it more feasible for airlines to fly nonstop routes to connect the dots.
Now, it will be viable for an airline to fly secondary longhaul routes. For example, Instead of having to do LHR
, we might see a growth of MAN
or something. NOT AS
MANY PAX demand that service, but that's okay- the 7E7 is smaller than the 777 or 747.
On top of all that, the bloomin' thing burns 20% less fuel (if it merely MEETS Boeing's specs... I can't think of a recent airplane that has met them, they have all EXCEEDED projections... the 717, 737NG, and 7773ER all burn less fuel that Boeing promised...). SO- airlines could even use the 7E7 to replace existing 767 and A300 fleets.
Northwest announced today that it is replacing its remaining DC-10-30s with 333s... all for just 20% less fuel. Granted, there will be a reduction early on in maintenance costs, but that will disappear over the 20 year life span of the plane.
If the 7E7 can burn 20% less fuel that even the A333 (which it just might accomplish), you have instantly turned the A333, A300, A310, and 767 into obsolete replicas of DC-10s.
When times get good again (surely they will???) these things just might sell like hotcakes, ESPECIALLY (here's factor number something) given how CHEAP Boeing is selling them!
The target price was $120 million.
The A350 will sell for $160-$180 million, Airbus says.
Burns less fuel, costs less money...
That's about all I have in my pointy little head at this point.
Hope this is a valuable perspective.