Since neither OEM has what you could call "the inside track" at Asiana, this is an interesting one. There are no politics involved, and I think thei business model is versatile enough to incorporate the 787 and A350 on similar terms. I've long questioned whether they have a need for a VLA - KE
obviously think they do and OZ
may feel compelled to respond as it is hard to envisage them retaining market share on their Heathrow and Los Angeles trunk routes using 772 equipment when KE
start with their A388s and much, much-improved new product across all classes. I dont think they need a VLA right now, but as so often on here, people are judging current markets and current operators on tomorrow's plane - they may not need it now, but by 2013 that could very well have changed.
Normally you can call it one way or the other, but I seriously think the best plane for the job at the best price will win the day here. Am going to watch this one closely.
My guess is in the next 12 years they are going to need:
A350XWB-900 x 16 w.12 options and 8 x A332s as interim lift.
A320 x 18 w. 10 options.
A388 x 4 w. 2 options.
77W X 7 (think they still have that orphan one on order dont they?)
77F x 5 w. 5 options.
748F x 5
I fancy the A350 and A380 order to be the first ones made, and they should break down to about 20 frames all told. Could just as easily go to 787-9 and 748I though - is so hard to predict.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???