|Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 15):|
They will definitely firm their remaining A350 options (50) at some point in time.
It was not that long ago that they did not even accept the A340-600s that they had on firm order and did let the additional options expire. I do not think this will be the same case here but I think the mix of aircraft that get delivered will be very different than the mix of aircraft that they have on order with Airbus.
They are flying 125% more passengers/year now then when they ordered the A350. I do not think it is inconceivable that their needs have changed since then. Especially with quotes (post 351 changes) like:
"It [the -900] is now appearing too small," says Clark. "So we may slip the order to the -1000, but the -1000 hasn't been frozen yet. We haven't decided quite yet which one we'll take. We're actually playing around with how this order fits."
|Quoting RayChuang (Reply 20):|
Unless the 777-9x is capable of carrying a something approaching a full load on a route as long as DXB-LAX, I don't think so. EK may just ask for a higher-gross weight (HGW) A350XWB-1000 instead so more fuel can be carried for (mostly) non-stop operations on such a long route.
I believe that is what the EK
inspired 777-8LX is for. Based on general consensus around here that aircraft should be able to carry 30t in addition to as many if not more passengers than an A351 on that very same route. Not sure if an A351 HGW is quite on the drawing board just yet. It already has a great market position where it is if A can execute.
I knew I should have cut Tim Clark off before he mentioned range! What a jerk.
How about this: I did not mention range (I think).
wants in the future may have only two aircraft types in its fleet, B777Xs and A380s or A380s and A350s?
It could be. But EK
obviously has a need for lots of seats. The 777X could very well seat more than 80 additional seats vs an A351 & have 2-3-2 J class while having lower seat costs and more cargo revenue vs the A351. If EK
does not order the 777X then I believe it is likely that it will not get built (in addition the added benefit is that someone will witness me eating my own hat)