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Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:41 am

All the latest news and discussions presume that around mid-July (Farnborough) Airbus will announce an A350RN (real new) that will aim squarely at the 777-200 and 777-300 market, while offering some competition to the 787.

If so, Airbus must be getting data from the engine manufacturers that next-gen engines will be available to lift a twin-engine 777-300-sized plane and under. Presumably the same engine info is available to Boeing.

The question then is, does Boeing sit idly by OR they preempt Aibus and announce a refreshed 777-800 and 777-900 that are simply the 777 models with next-gen engines (maybe 10% more fuel efficient) and have 787 cabin/cockpit improvements. I think that plane can match the EIS of the A350RN and cost $3B or less to do.

What do you think? Possible? If not now, when should we expect a response like that assuming A350RN launches at Farnborough?

Thanks.

[Edited 2006-06-02 21:42:29]
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:45 am

It would be to Boeing's benefit to wait and see what Airbus announces. Perhaps even wait until Airbus is knee-deep in developing the RN before announcing their next move regarding the 777.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:51 am

Boeing has always stated that once the 787 development program has settled down, they would conduct studies to apply 787 technology to the 777 line. It won't be hard to do.

Another potential problem I see for Airbus is they are leaving another class of airplane wide open for Boeing. If Airbus concentrates on a competitor to Boeing in the 250-400 passenger range (787-9,10 & 772 & 773) that's going to leave the 200-250 segment wide open for the 787-3,8 to pounce on for quite some time. Because Airbus has nothing on the table currently to replace the A310, A300, correct?
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:53 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
It won't be hard to do.

That's easier said than done.  Wink

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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:55 am

Crystal ball:

I speculate that the next move regarding the 777 will be the importation of 787 technology to the frame, possibly including the development of an all new replacement with an all composite fuselage.

This will come well after (perhaps 1-2 years) Airbus has comitted the mistake of announcing a new A-350/5 and has locked in the design as an Ali-Li product weighing much more than the new, composite 777 would.

This will effectively kill the A-350/370 (whatever) program and force Airbus into a composite product line.  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:05 am

Why would Boeing bother with 777? They have 787-9 and proposed 787-10 on the lower end, with 787-10 very likely to evolve into 8,500 nm -10ER the same way 777-300 evolved into -300ER. Then on the higher end there will be Yellowstone-3.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:22 am

Boeing will have the bulk of the 300-400 seat market sewn up before the A350RN/A370 comes to market. That market will be relatively quiet for a few years till the early 772's and A340s come up for replacement. Until then, I would imagine Boeing would focus on the 737RS.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:04 am

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 3):
That's easier said than done.

Savin' that one, were ya'?  Wink

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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:21 am

I agree with BlueSky. If Boeing is really going to produce a 787-10, then refreshing the 772 with 787 technology will be a complete waste of money. Why would anyone bother buying the spruced-up 772 when the 787-10 is supposed to be far better?
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:27 am

The MTOW will be identical for both the 787-9 and 787-10 so there is a limit how 'big' the 787-10 can be, Boeing at the moment expects 787-10 to be in the 300-310 seats category, not exactly a replacement for the 777 family. Also, lets remember that 787-10 is still a bit undefined - Boeing claims it has at least another 12 months to define the exact 787-10 configuration and yes, they are looking among other things, at what Airbus will come up with for their 350 follow-up.

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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:42 am

I also believe Boeing will wait and see what Airbus announces and how customer reaction to it falls.

The A350-1000 is not expected to EIS for close to a decade, which allows Boeing to continue to sell 773ERs for many years to customers with needs. And they will no doubt try to improve it as much as possible, though they will encounter the same limitations that Airbus did with the A350 by trying to keep it in the same family as the A330/A340.

Airbus will no doubt offer A346s at fire-sale lease and purchase rates both to keep that line alive and to serve as a hold-over until the A370-1000 is available, and that should blunt some of Boeing's gains, but I still expect Boeing to take the lion's share of large widebody twin orders through 2013 or so.

Where the A370 strategy could hurt Airbus is that where the 787-10 and 777-300ER compliment each other as stepping stones, Airbus will be in the same position as Boeing is in currently - a weak small widebody twin (the 767/A330) and a strong medium-to-large widebody twin (the 777/A370). The current demand curve is in the larger widebody segment, but a large number of 767s, A342s, A343s and 772s are coming up for replacement in the next decade and not so many 773ERs and A346s and Boeing will be offering the stronger product line in that zone.


And while Boeing will be soldiering on for at least a few years with the 777 against the A370, Y3 will be a stronger competitor to the A370 then the A350 was to the 787, since Y3 will incorporate all the advances and benefits Y2 have brought to the 787 over the A350. So the A370 may enjoy a shorter "window of opportunity" then the 787 will.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:57 am

Quoting Stitch (Reply 10):
And while Boeing will be soldiering on for at least a few years with the 777 against the A370, Y3 will be a stronger competitor to the A370 then the A350 was to the 787, since Y3 will incorporate all the advances and benefits Y2 have brought to the 787 over the A350

So in other words, when the replacement market for this size/range jet opens up again, the Y3 will be there, ready to take the bulk of the orders. Airbus will either be too late for this cycle and too early for the next cycle. Surely their market forecasters know this? But then again, isn't the A380 in the same boat - coming to market at the low point of sales in its category?
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:04 am

I don't think Boeing should do much of anything in response to whatever it is Airbus is going to do at Farnborough. Trying to "respond" to the other guy in the short-term is probably a bad idea. Airbus is flopping around like a fish on the dock right now with the A350 program because they have been reactive rather than proactive in their development strategy.

Unless Airbus comes out with something that is really revolutionary at Farnborough, which I think is very unlikely, Boeing should just stick to its "Y" plan.

2004-2008 (Y2) 787
2009-2012 (Y1) 737 replacement
2013-2016 (Y3) 777 replacement

Boeing has had great success with the B787, not because they reacted to Airbus, but because they listened to customers and worked hard to produce an innovative and well designed aircraft.

Obviously you can't just ignore what the competition does entirely, but if you get too wrapped-up in the tit-for-tat action and reaction game, you may well miss the opportunity to do something better.

Time-frame is key as well. Concentrating only on what's happening now or in the next five years is a mistake. Both Boeing and Airbus need to think about what kind of aircraft they need to be successful in 10, 15, or 20 years. A short-term reactive development philosophy probably doesn't work well to achieve that long-run success.

For example, I've heard lots of people here talk about the A350-1000 as a "B773ER Killer". That's all fine and well, but the A350-1000 will be competing against Y3, not the B773ER, for most of its product cycle. Airbus needs to make sure they work at building the very best aircraft they can to insure it's still competitive when the B773ER is replaced.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:11 am

Unless Airbus targets the initial 370 at the 777 I doubt it will make a lot of difference over the next few years. A & B will fight it out in the 787/370 market where the planes are close, with the larger planes sitting on the sideline.

If Airbus goes after the 777 first then Boeing is still in a pretty good position. They can downplay the 20% reduction in operating costs Airbus may claim by saying that any gains from new engines will also be available for the 777, plus pointing out the ongoing improvements that have increased performance to date. The 777 performance is going to continue to be a moving target, diluting claims Airbus may wish to make.

As long as the 777 can continue to improve Boeing will be able to focus on Y1 before going for Y3. I think Y1 will be easier to complete and will generate more sales and more profit than the 777 on an annual basis.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:20 am

Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 5):
Why would Boeing bother with 777?

Are you really saying that Boeing will let the 777 become prematurely uncompetitive without doing anything as simple as a cabin/cockpit refresh and hanging next-gen engines on?

I think not. Given past history, Boeing does not let airframes die that young.

I think it may go in sequence: 787, 747-refresh (aka 748i), 777-refresh, 737RS (aka Y1), Y3.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:20 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
that's going to leave the 200-250 segment wide open for the 787-3,8 to pounce on

Except the 787-3 is an altogether much larger plane.

From Boeing's own 787 pages:

Quote:
A third 787 family member, the 787-3 Dreamliner, will accommodate 290 - 330 passengers and be optimized for routes of 3,000 to 3,500 nautical miles (5,550 to 6,500 km).

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787family/background.html
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:41 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 15):
Except the 787-3 is an altogether much larger plane.

From Boeing's own 787 pages:

Those numbers are for two class configurations, with even more variation depending on whether one chooses 8Y or 9Y economy seating. An A332 in a two class config would also have high capacity.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:27 am

Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 16):
Those numbers are for two class configurations, with even more variation depending on whether one chooses 8Y or 9Y economy seating.

Indeed, but it's still a lot larger than a 200 seater A310.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:37 am

Quoting Grantcv (Reply 11):
So in other words, when the replacement market for this size/range jet opens up again, the Y3 will be there, ready to take the bulk of the orders. Airbus will either be too late for this cycle and too early for the next cycle. Surely their market forecasters know this? But then again, isn't the A380 in the same boat - coming to market at the low point of sales in its category?

It is a risk Airbus needs to consider, as well as the risk the A370-1000 program is to it's own A380 program, since it will have better CASM. Yes, the A380 will still have capacity and for some airports that will be the most important criteria, but many more airports won't be slot/gate/runway gridlocked and many potential (and even current) A380 customers may forgo purchasing more of the A380 and select the A370.

Boeing at least will get almost two decades out of the 777-200 before the 787-10 and A370-900 supercede it. The A380 may not even get a decade before it's own product seriously crimps it, to say nothing of whatever Boeing's 787-10, 777-300ER, and 747-8 can do.

As to the 787-3, I still believe her future lies in domestic China and India, as well as US domestic carriers.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:56 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 17):
Indeed, but it's still a lot larger than a 200 seater A310.

A 2 class A310 seats 240 passengers, so the gap between the lower end of the 2 class spec for the 787-3 is only half as big. Of course the A300-600 fits there.

But the original point still stands that Airbus has nothing to offer in the 200-250 pax, if you recognize that range is for 3 classes, other than the A332 if they don't come up with something like the A358. The 787-8 and -3 would fit in that space when configured with 3 classes. More specifically these aircraft provide cabin area and payload suitable for the 3 class 200-250 pax range.

Max Payload (t)cabin area (sq. m)
767-200ER35.6154.9
A31032.9~180
767-300ER43.8184.5
A300-600R39.1209.0
767-400ER46.5~210
787-845.7223.8
A350-80045.9229.2
A330-20043.1231.4
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announceme

Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:07 am

Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 5):
Why would Boeing bother with 777? They have 787-9 and proposed 787-10 on the lower end, with 787-10 very likely to evolve into 8,500 nm -10ER the same way 777-300 evolved into -300ER. Then on the higher end there will be Yellowstone-3.

787-10 wouldn't enter service until after 2012, therefore the updated 777 would have a few years before being superceded.

Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 19):
Of course the A300-600 fits there.

Airbus is closing the A300/A310 line when they complete the existing orders already in the books (except the Iraqi Airways A310 order)
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:10 am

Quoting Saturn5 (Reply 9):
The MTOW will be identical for both the 787-9 and 787-10 so there is a limit how 'big' the 787-10 can be, Boeing at the moment expects 787-10 to be in the 300-310 seats category, not exactly a replacement for the 777 family.

787-10 is limited only by two things: MTOW its frame can handle and the engine thrust. Widebodyphotog's charts have shown that the 8,500nm range 787-10ER is possible, the only limitation at the moment is the lack of bleedless 85k pound thrust engine. However, Rolls Royce did mention that it is possible for them to upgrade the current Trent-1000 to that level of thrust . Also, remember that Boeing uses three-class configuration as it's 'base' capacity. so 300 - 310 seats with three class and 8-abreast economy layout could mean that 787-10 could already be 350 - 370 seater with two class 9-abreast economy layout. Everything will depend on what optimal capacity customers would require. The way I see it is that we'll see the 'base' payload-for-range basic 787-10 stretch launched within next 6 - 12 months followed by the 'true' 777-replacement: a 787-10ER with 8,500 - 9,000nm range offered as soon as the adequate engine becomes available.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:19 am

Quoting Baron95 (Thread starter):

If so, Airbus must be getting data from the engine manufacturers that next-gen engines will be available to lift a twin-engine 777-300-sized plane and under. Presumably the same engine info is available to Boeing.

The information is probably available to Boeing, but the engines are not. Boeing granted GE a contractual monopoly on engines for all B777s above an agreed MTOW. 700K lbs?
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:24 am

Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 21):
787-10 is limited only by two things: MTOW its frame can handle and the engine thrust

Nope. According to Mike Bair from Boeing 787-10's MTOW is limited by the strength of its landing gear which is going to be identical to 787-9's. That is why both MTOW must be identical. So it is not the frame or the engine thrust in this case.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:38 am

Quoting RedChili (Reply 8):
Why would anyone bother buying the spruced-up 772 when the 787-10 is supposed to be far better?

Maybe because the spruced up 772 might out perform the 787-10.

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 15):
Except the 787-3 is an altogether much larger plane.

Not really, and it seems others agree. It al depends on the configuration
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:29 am

Quoting Saturn5 (Reply 23):
Nope. According to Mike Bair from Boeing 787-10's MTOW is limited by the strength of its landing gear which is going to be identical to 787-9's. That is why both MTOW must be identical. So it is not the frame or the engine thrust in this case.

But the question you should be asking is why they didn't strengthen the undercarriage to support a higher MTOW. And that is because engine availability is not there to support higher MTOW variants.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:51 am

Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 25):
But the question you should be asking is why they didn't strengthen the undercarriage to support a higher MTOW

Again, in the article in AW&ST Mike Bair is quoted on the subject extensively. He doesn't mention engines but he mentiones the fact that both 787-9 and -10 will share the same "number" of gear struts which dictates the same MTOW. I suspect you destroy a lot of parts commonality and increase costs if you attempted to tinker with the undercarriage - and make it variant 'specific'. I will limit myself to what he said.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:51 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 24):
Maybe because the spruced up 772 might out perform the 787-10.

The proper question is one of value, or return on investment.

Boeing can stretch and beef-up the 787 to fully supercede the 772ER in all aspects of range, payload, capacity, cargo volume, and performance, for a fraction of the cost of integrating 787 technology into the 777.

More importantly, Boeing can build the -10 faster than upgrading the 777. It's now likely that the -10 will have an EIS of 2012.

There's very little chance of a spruced up 772ER...

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 22):
Boeing granted GE a contractual monopoly on engines for all B777s above an agreed MTOW. 700K lbs?

Yup, any 777 over 700,000 lbs must be powered by GE engines.
 
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Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:13 pm

Quoting Saturn5 (Reply 26):
Again, in the article in AW&ST Mike Bair is quoted on the subject extensively. He doesn't mention engines but he mentiones the fact that both 787-9 and -10 will share the same "number" of gear struts which dictates the same MTOW. I suspect you destroy a lot of parts commonality and increase costs if you attempted to tinker with the undercarriage - and make it variant 'specific'. I will limit myself to what he said.

Of course it would be -10 specific, unless they chose to use the same undercarriage for the -9. But remember Boeing has also said that they don't want to put out ER models later. If they go with the -10 at the same MTOW, they will likely have to put out an ER model in the future to be competitive. But they can't do it without more powerful engines.
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Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:35 pm

Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 28):
Of course it would be -10 specific, unless they chose to use the same undercarriage for the -9. But remember Boeing has also said that they don't want to put out ER models later. If they go with the -10 at the same MTOW, they will likely have to put out an ER model in the future to be competitive. But they can't do it without more powerful engines.

i thought i read somewhere that the landing gear being developed for the 787-10 would also be used on the 787-9...despite the fact that the 10 is coming on-line later than the 9.
 
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Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:02 pm

Quoting Saturn5 (Reply 9):
The MTOW will be identical for both the 787-9 and 787-10

Unless you are successfully picking lottery numbers, I'm not sure how you can feel certain in saying this. Boeing doesn't even know for sure yet what MTOW on 787-10 is going to be. They are feeling out their customers and conducting design studies now - weighing customer demands against development costs. Man, I bet Boeing wished they had your crystal ball.

Boeing's original plans might get shifted by Airbus' moves. 3 years ago, Airbus thought a revised A330lite would be all they needed, we're on our seccond A350 since then, plans can change, rather quickly in fact. July will be interesting. As for Y3 launching early, and revisions that bring 787 technology to 777, that depends on a few things, 1 is Airbus, 2 is how well 747-8 sells, and whether there is interest in a new jet, vs a refitted 777. All that seems to be for certain is that Airbus ought to make up their mind as to what they are and are not going to be building....
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:16 pm

Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 16):
Those numbers are for two class configurations,



Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 21):
Also, remember that Boeing uses three-class configuration as it's 'base' capacity

Well, if people would make their minds up, we could have a reasoned discussion! wink 

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 24):
Not really, and it seems others agree. It al depends on the configuration

The 787-3 is about 25% bigger by floor area than an A310.

Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 19):
A 2 class A310 seats 240 passengers

CSA, for example, flies A310s with 207 seats in a 2-class config. It's some step up to a 290 seat 787-3.

The claim was Airbus has no offering in the 200-250 seat range, which I'm not disputing. My argument is simply that the 787-3 isn't playing in that space either. The 787-3 is a high-capacity, short-medium hauler.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:32 pm

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 31):
Airbus has no offering in the 200-250 seat range,

Basically we are discussing a medium haul replacement for the 757. Neither manufacturer is seriously playing in this segment at present - probably a stretch too much for the 739 / 321 and a shrink too far for the 332/787
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:02 pm

Quoting Bestwestern (Reply 32):
Quoting Scbriml (Reply 31):
Airbus has no offering in the 200-250 seat range,

Basically we are discussing a medium haul replacement for the 757. Neither manufacturer is seriously playing in this segment at present - probably a stretch too much for the 739 / 321 and a shrink too far for the 332/787

The B-737-900ER will seat 215, in a single class and fly them up to 3200nm

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/737family/pf/pf_900ER_fact.html

Boeing also still has the B-767-200ER/-300ER in production (at least for now), they seat 181-245 in a 3 class cabin, with ranges up to 6600nm.

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/767family/back/index.html

The A-330-200 seats 253 in a 2 class cabin, with range up to 6750nm.

http://www.airbus.com/en/aircraftfam...0a340/a330-200/specifications.html

Airbus says the A-300/A-310 production will end in July 2007. The A-310-300 seats 220 in a 2 class cabin with a range to 5200nm

http://www.airbus.com/en/aircraftfam.../a300a310/a310/specifications.html

The A-321 seats 185 and has a range to 3050nm.

http://www.airbus.com/en/aircraftfam...lies/a320/a321/specifications.html

So, as of today, there are still 4 different airplane types in the 200-250 seat market. If the A-321 seat capacity is for a 2 or 3 calss cabin, then it too will fit into the 200 seat market, which will make 5 different airplanes there today.
 
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Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:15 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 33):

Yes all true currently, but no new offerings from either Airbus or Boeing in the A310/A300 size, short-medium haul.

Once the A350 and 787 are being delivered, there won't be anything between the A321/739 and a 290-330 seater for short-medium haul.

Now it may well be that this is a market segment that the airlines simply don't need any more, but that would be a little surprising.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:39 pm

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 1):
It would be to Boeing's benefit to wait and see what Airbus announces. Perhaps even wait until Airbus is knee-deep in developing the RN before announcing their next move regarding the 777.

This is exactly what they will do, and operators know it. IMO, they will wait until A is waist-deep. Not knee-deep.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announceme

Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:56 pm

Quoting DAYflyer (Reply 4):
Crystal ball:

I speculate that the next move regarding the 777 will be the importation of 787 technology to the frame, possibly including the development of an all new replacement with an all composite fuselage.

This will come well after (perhaps 1-2 years) Airbus has comitted the mistake of announcing a new A-350/5 and has locked in the design as an Ali-Li product weighing much more than the new, composite 777 would.

This will effectively kill the A-350/370 (whatever) program and force Airbus into a composite product line. bigthumbsup

To change the fuselage of the 777 from Ali to Composite is not a simply job, although the technology would or should be mature in roughly 2 years time the process of changing the 777 fuselage over to composite would be a big development in itself. And seeing as the 787-10 is sort of taking over from the 777-200 this means this fuselage upgrade programme would only be for the 777-300, what would be the point in this costly venture when Y3 just down the line and there is nothing from Airbus that can compete with the 777-300 at the moment.

Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 5):
Why would Boeing bother with 777? They have 787-9 and proposed 787-10 on the lower end, with 787-10 very likely to evolve into 8,500 nm -10ER the same way 777-300 evolved into -300ER. Then on the higher end there will be Yellowstone-3.
If Airbus wants their new plane to kick butt, it beter have a superior range (read: SYD-LHR with 200 - 250 pax) with relatively good CASM, otherwise once Y3 hits, it will be a toast.

Totally agree with you there, the A350/A370 really has to be an amazing product to not only compete with but exceed the performance of the 787 nd be at least fairly competitive with Y3.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:09 pm

Quoting DAYflyer (Reply 4):


This will come well after (perhaps 1-2 years) Airbus has comitted the mistake of announcing a new A-350/5 and has locked in the design as an Ali-Li product weighing much more than the new, composite 777 would.

You make it sound so easy  Wink But what if Airbus reads this forum and now they just got wind of the plan?
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:34 pm

Isn't the 777 a little young for replacement. The A350RN will have to be excellent to compete anyway

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
Perhaps even wait until Airbus is knee-deep in developing the RN before announcing their next move regarding the 777.



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Would i be right in thinking that you dont like Airbus. DDo you work for Boeing?  Wink
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:47 pm

The 787-3 is optimized for the Japanese carriers right now, since they're the ones buying it. And I would not be surprised that it meets the needs for Chinese and Indian domestic travel, as well.

But I expect Boeing did talk to the US carriers about how it could serve their Hawai'i routes currently handled by 767-300ERs and 777-200s. So the design might have the flexability to service the medium-density/short-haul market. Even if the design is not perfect, it is all there is, so it has a chance to make sales, anyway, since unless Y1/A320RS scales up to 757-200 sizes the 787-3 will be the closest fit for the mission.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:38 am

Quoting BA787 (Reply 38):
Isn't the 777 a little young for replacement.

It seems the cut-throat competition between A and B has shortened the life of models. I'm sure A didn't plan on replacing the A340 this soon either.
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announceme

Sun Jun 04, 2006 8:00 am

Quoting Baron95 (Thread starter):
The question then is, does Boeing sit idly by OR they preempt Aibus and announce a refreshed 777-800 and 777-900 that are simply the 777 models with next-gen engines (maybe 10% more fuel efficient) and have 787 cabin/cockpit improvements. I think that plane can match the EIS of the A350RN and cost $3B or less to do.

Interesting idea... to really pull it off, Randy Baseler would have to fire up his blog first with something about the A350RN being a "chinese copy" of the 777. Then we'd really have a situation that reminds me of... uh, never mind.  Smile

Quoting Stitch (Reply 18):
It is a risk Airbus needs to consider, as well as the risk the A370-1000 program is to it's own A380 program, since it will have better CASM.

We're comparing a theoretical sub-type (the A370-1000) against a generic notion of "the" A380. By 2012 it is reasonable to assume that the A380 family may have been significantly improved upon. The A380-900 is a possibility, as is the A380-800R (with lighter structure and the center tank), etc. It's not like one family will be expanded and improved while another won't.

An interesting fact is that the thrust required for this supposed new A widebody is (at least at the low end) in the same ballpark as what would be required to power a ~600 tonne MTOW quad. Coincidence?

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 40):
It seems the cut-throat competition between A and B has shortened the life of models. I'm sure A didn't plan on replacing the A340 this soon either.

I think it's not so much cut-throat competition as it is the high price of oil, which fundamentally alters the design drivers. The A340 is "dead" not so much because of high fuel burn but rather because of high oil prices, which make the fuel burn a deal breaker. There is probably nothing to be done about that other than start from scratch with a different airplane.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 8:15 am

Quoting WingedMigrator (Reply 41):
We're comparing a theoretical sub-type (the A370-1000) against a generic notion of "the" A380. By 2012 it is reasonable to assume that the A380 family may have been significantly improved upon. The A380-900 is a possibility, as is the A380-800R (with lighter structure and the center tank), etc. It's not like one family will be expanded and improved while another won't.

True, the A380 has at least two stretches in her, and Airbus may accelerate the A380-900 both to keep the A370 from infringing on the lower end as well as fight the 748 and 787-10 (the latter competing on multiple frequencies).

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An interesting fact is that the thrust required for this supposed new A widebody is (at least at the low end) in the same ballpark as what would be required to power a ~600 tonne MTOW quad. Coincidence?

Yes, but engine size will decide whether or not they will hang off larger A380s, as you can't quite fit a GE90-114B or Trent 8115 under the A380...  Wink
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:13 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 39):
unless Y1/A320RS scales up to 757-200 sizes the 787-3 will be the closest fit for the mission.

I would count on the Airbus NSR (A320 replacement) and the B737RS (B737/B757 replacement, formerly known as Y1) scaling to at least B757-200 size.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 42):

True, the A380 has at least two stretches in her,

Are you expecting a WhaleJet longer than 80 meters?
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announceme

Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:34 pm

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 43):
Are you expecting a WhaleJet longer than 80 meters?

Sorry, I should have been more clear: Since the A380-800 is the "shrink", Stretch 1 would be the A380-900 (getting her to the "baseline" config) and Stretch 2 would be the A380-1000 (the stretch from the "baseline" config).

I don't expect to see an A380-1100.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announceme

Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:47 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 44):
Since the A380-800 is the "shrink", Stretch 1 would be the A380-900 (getting her to the "baseline" config) and Stretch 2 would be the A380-1000 (the stretch from the "baseline" config).

The A380-800 is not a shrink. It is the base variant. It was built with the capability for a stretch.

For Airbus, this is a considerable shift toward Boeing's design philosophy. Airbus typically introduces the most optimized variant first with its maximum performance, and then introduces shrink variants later. For example the A332 and A319 followed the A333/A343 and A320.

The A380-800 is analogus to the 777-200/ER. The A380-900 would be analogus to the 777-300ER, and an A380-700 would be analogus to the never launched 777-100.
 
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RE: Can Boeing Preempt A350RN With B777 Announcement?

Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:45 am

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 45):
The A380-800 is not a shrink. It is the base variant. It was built with the capability for a stretch.

Hmm... I have read here that the A380-900 was the "optimal" size for things like the wings and such, but that Airbus chose a smaller initial airframe to gain experience in building the airliner. That is why anytime the A380-700 is mentioned as a possible response to the 748, folks jump in to note that it would be a "double shrink" (ala the 736 and A318) and therefore would be at a significant operating disadvantage.

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