|Quoting Johnny (Reply 20):
Air France for example did not order the A340NG because of its RR-engines(one reason only) as AA did not go for 200LR or 300ER due to engine choice.
There were only two
airlines that pressured Boeing not to sign an exclusive agreement with GE
. The first was CX
, the other was AA
. All others gave no preference of engine OEM over performance.
In the end, CX
signed as a 777LR customer and AA
had to restructure their 777 deliveries so they could afford the less expensive -200ER they already had on order.
The exclusive contract is almost a moot point now.
And as a matter of fact, AF ordered the 777 and 777LR because of their higher performance. AF ordered the 777 in the 90s over intense political pressure despite the fact that they were already opperating CFM powered A340. The CFM has signifcantly more French content (50%) versus the Ge90 (about 20-30%) The 777 became AF's flagship and the rest is history.
|Quoting Johnny (Reply 27):
Why donï¿½t you ask your question about AA to 777WT as well ?!?
Why don't you ask why AA
had to defer their 777 deliveries? Isn't it lovely that the one airline who kicked and screamed about GE
exclusive contract isn't any longer in a position to order new aircraft?
Fact of the matter is, the GE
contract enabled Boeing to keep the 777LR development cost down. GE
delivered a damn good engine that exceeded expectations, and the 777LR is selling like crazy. In the last 12 months, Boeing has sold 147 units.
|Quoting PolymerPlane (Reply 22):
I have never heard any suggestion that AA did not order 200LR and 300ER due to engine choice.
It's well publicized that AA
threw a major fit over the GE
exclusive contract. They even went as far as signing an LOI for the Rolls Royce powered A345.
|Quoting MrComet (Reply 24):
The plane has sold enough so that maybe multiple engine manufacturers would have broke even or profited. That ultimately hurts Boeing becuase it may be the one issue that weighs a aircraft deal against them.
It isn't likely. The 777LR has such a significant performance advantage over the A340NG that most carriers have disregarded any engine preference they may have had in the past.
Just take a look at the number of new customers being signed for the 777LR and even A340NG carriers going to the 777LR.
[Edited 2006-05-24 20:55:52]