golfradio wrote:ACCS300 wrote:The Boeing frenzy at AC seems to be quieting a bit, 27 Airbus birds remain at Rouge and about 80 at AC mainline with 4 more being added. AC recently added a few A321's to Rouge and delayed retirement of some A320's at mainline while it cancelled some 787 options. With the added 330's, I feel AC will next add some 321's perhaps the NEO's for TATL.
I always thought it was a bad move to go all Boeing. While the 787 makes sense, the Max switch made no sense at all. They should have remained with Airbus/BBD for the short and medium haul.
Again, AC didn't purposefully go 'all Boeing'. It's not like they sat in their boardrooms and thought "nah, we don't like Airbus right now just because." This isn't a high school drama. The numbers simply fell in the favour of Boeing, especially for the MAX. Rumour has it that they were very prepared to go with the Neo but Boeing made them an offer they couldn't refuse, which partially included the purchase of unwanted E90s from AC (an a/c type AC is *dying* to get rid of). It's not like this group of bros having a tiff, there are entire teams dedicated to running the cost-benefit analysis and Boeing wanted to win the narrowbody bid badly enough that it clearly made an extremely competitive offer. I'm not a fan of the MAX, it is decidedly inferior in several ways and the FAs are also (rumoured) not to be fans of them either, but there was logic behind AC's decision and it enabled them to get a great price.
The 787s are a great product for them as well, and the 777s work great for them. Airbus had no alternative offer them at the time.
The reason we have A330s and A321s? The numbers fell in their favour. It goes both ways.
Let's please not turn this A330-related thread into an Airbus vs. Boeing thread.