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As of this evening, Northwest Airlines commitment to 18 787 brings the number of launch customers to 21. Anyone want to wager that, upon roll-out in 2007, the 787 will have more launch customers than some of the most succesful narrow/wide-body programs *ever* ?
That's more of a rhetorical question, but there are two points I'd like to raise:
1. Fair to say Boeing has timed the 787 well? There has been some question to that, mostly on the side that the 787 is a few years late. Given that airlines looking at both long-term planning and growth are opting for the 787, I would think that to be a faulty criticism.
- Airbus scored 527 orders for the A330 variants over 12 years
- Boeing scored 946 orders for the 767 variants over 25 years
- Boeing is now a handful of 787 orders away from surpassing 8 years of A332 sales, which brings me to point 2:
2. Want to wager that Boeing has a stronger command of product cycles and more fruitful RoI?