LAX772LR wrote:KarelXWB wrote:We don't know the delivery schedule for these 10 new A350s. If they start delivering in 2018/19, it won't be the 280t model.
True, though it'd would be borderline shocking if A350s produced in that time frame wouldn't eventually be upgradeable to that MTOW.KarelXWB wrote:Another thing that is being overlooked in this thread, Vietnam will first have to achieve Category 1 rating by the FAA.
Which is the worrisome part.
The last time they bought aircraft specifically intended to allow US operations (leasing 656,000lb GE90 powered 77Es, on top of their purchased 648,000lb PW4000 77Es), it was predicated on receiving Category1 status which never came, and those aircraft ended up opping primarily to CDG.
Here's hoping for no repeat.
Perhaps the fact that this is an MOU rather than a firm order means VN are trying to get the rating, and are putting plans in place without putting all their eggs in one basket? Roughly how much cost does an MOU incur?
TGV wrote:jumbojet wrote:...
Plus, they already have a pretty decent business class cabin on the brand new 787's, 1-2-1 layout with flatbed seating
I did a trip report comparing the 2 planes some time ago (unfortunately all pictures have disappeared in the forum software change).
Vietnam Airlines LHR-SGN (B787) And SGN-CDG (A350)
My opinion is that the 350 cabin is slightly better than the 787, thanks to the wider cabin width.
I'll give some thought to this myself, I recently booked a return from HAN-SGN, going out on an A350, return on 787 (I'm grateful for such choice on a 2hr flight!). Provided the schedule doesn't change I'll have some nice references for both.