Spike
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Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:04 pm

You would have thought that if ordering the 787 was auspicious and generaly lucky for the Chinese, they would have pulled another measly billion from their cash mountain and ordered a lucky 88 of them. Why just 60?
 
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:54 pm

The 787 is lucky for China because they got a big discount and they'll have some before the Olympics. Or else some poor airline manager would find himself against the wall!
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:59 pm

Just guessing, but do you think they got a luck 80% discount or a buy 8 get 2 free deal?
 
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:14 pm

Just perhaps now. Really reaching here. Just possibly that is what the planners thought they needed. I'll bet Boeing attached more significance to the number eight than the Chinese did and thought it simply would be a nice business gesture (read courtesy bow)
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:16 pm

N328KF: "...they got a big discount and they'll ..."

Oooops, did B get subsidies that they can give big discounts?  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:11 pm

B787 in Airline Service in the first half of 2008? I doubt it.

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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:31 pm

Spike

Nice humor..............
 
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:45 pm

Does this Lucky stuff work for Japan & China.It sure does for Boeing  Smile
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:01 am

I'm surprised they didn't call it the 888 and sell out in Asia. Its that easy. Any phone or car manufacturer could tell you that. Big deal. Just make sure it doesn't now 'lose face' or we would all be shamed.  Smile

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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 5:44 am

As you may know, the number 8 signifies prosperity. The Chinese word for eight (something like "ba" in Mandarin) is apparently a homonym for wealth. The Chinese and other Asians are probably scared of 744s because 4 is death. I do not think that very many mainland Chinese take the numerology very seriously. The Beijing government has long tried to downplay old superstitions. The Chinese word for airplane is a homonym for "flying chicken."
 
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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 6:59 am

That's why Nick Leeson (rogue Barings trader) named his dodgy suspense account 88888.

Unknown to him however 5 is apparently the Chinese number for never.

By giving the a/c no five eights he named it the never prosper account, and subsequently went on to lose £800 million speculating in derivatives he never understood.

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RE: Why Is 787 So Lucky To China?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:02 am

What's following 777? 787. that's it, nothing special.
Please excuse my poor English.

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