That's funny, because this is a quote from WSJ from Bastian-
"He also said Delta “has a great relationship with Boeing” and will order Boeing planes in the future"
With DL now being invested completely in the GTF for future narrowbody procurement, and RR for widebody, and Boeing being all GE/CFM besides the 787 which was cancelled by DL, I challenge Bastion to 1. Identify a Boeing airplane currently available that now makes sense given current procurement, and 2. Follow up on that statement in general. Until then I will continue to believe that DL uses Boeing simply as a tool to get honest pricing from Airbus. And Bastian’s statement reflects that. “Hey lower your prices a bit more and we’ll pick you, while expecting Airbus to match.”This is P&W and Airbus’ moment. Boeing had theirs in June and will undoubtedly have more moments. It would be interesting to see how people reacted if Boeing publicly sat out of DL’s next RFP. Won’t happen, but it would be interesting to say the least.
So how do Southwest and Ryanair deal with the duopoly??
Ryanair, Southwest, Spirit, Frontier, EasyJet, Norwegian, name any exclusive carrier, they all do exactly the same thing. I never said it’s a dirty practice. Does it bug me? Heck yeah, I love variety, I love options. Do both OEMs have plenty of carriers in their pockets? Definitely. Like I said in an earlier post, for Boeing working with Delta is similar to Airbus working with Ryanair or Southwest. However the rhetoric is different, for MOL and Gary Kelly it’s “throw new engines on the 737 or we might defect.” No matter what you offer it’s futile. In terms of the 787, Delta had 18 on order, for launch customer pricing. They cancelled. Is there a chance they reorder? Yes. Is it more likely than any other Boeing product? Probably. Is it more likely than an A330neo/ A350 top up? Nope. For DL, what they have on order now is something anyone would envy. The first of a brand new generation of narrowbodies, a rugged high capacity domestic trunk route flier that certain A.netters would pay 50% extra to fly. And 2 widebodies which combine to provide cutting edge design and flexibility. Airbus provides everything DL needs for mainline flying. Except a small widebody, but Boeing keeps kicking that down the street. Until MOM is launched, Airbus will simply make more sense for DL.
I am NOT an employee of any airline or manufacturer. I speak for myself, not on the behalf of any company.