Qantas is bitching and moaning, and rightly so, but in the end they will take delivery of the A380s that they have ordered- they are one of the few carriers than can truly but the A380 to good use on the LAX
route, etc. QF
is not going to change its entire business plan over the A380 delay......but Qantas is certainly going to make life for the Airbus execs a living hell for the next few months until it (a) becomes clear that Airbus can meet the current delivery schedule and that there will be no more delays, (b) can confirm that the A380 will deliver as promised on its performance guarantees - if the A380 misses on its range or fuel projections, its gonna get very ugly, and (c) it is certain that QF
will get a nice big payment for its troubles - QF
is looking for more than its contract amount.
As for QF
and the 748i - it will happen - QF
love the 747 and needs something in its fleet to bridge the gap between the 787 and A380........its not gonna be the stalled A345/A346, forget about that as QF
did not want those types years ago and they certainly dont want them now, and from what we are hearing , its not the 773ER either. The 748i is the ideal aircraft for QF
....it updates the 744, adds some range and versatility, QF
can finally add the long discussed SYD
route to link into the AA
hub system, and its the right size.
Dont misread what was said - the intent was:
Qantas will buy more A380s or the 748i - not both....this makes sense, look for QF
to move to a 737NG/787/748i/A380 fleet in the future.