What make airline companies buying certain aircrafts over others of relative capabilities???
It¢s a very discussed topic on this forum but from the technical and the “romantic” view of the aviation lovers.
I am thinking that companies don¢t take much under consideration any “romantic” issues and technology issues is weighted on their decisions but not as a key factor.
The way I see it the some of the key factors are :
Overall investment cost per unit per life span
Financing the investment,
Time to return the capital invested,
Company growth plan,
Maintenance costs ,
Commonality (if possible) with current equipment (or cost of diversification) ,
Easy access to staff (type rating etc) ,
Easy access of replacement parts (and cost) ,
Corruption (YES it¢s a major factor in some countries ….) ,
Political orientation of the country (to put it politely) ,
Please place your thoughts.