tealnz wrote:This isn't going to be an order of an off-the-shelf version like the 789. All indications are it will be a modified version of the 778 or 35K. Hard to see why either Boeing or Airbus would give them a competitive price for an order of just six frames.
I think the industry views an airplane that can do LHR-SYD consistently as a holy grail.
Getting this business will have a halo effect that goes beyond the sale of six frames, IMHO.
qf789 wrote:As has already been shown with MEL-LAX earlier this year frequency can be adjusted to match demand with a smaller more efficient aircraft. FWIW as has already been demonstrated by QF they are not too bothered about market share, they are happy to keep everything to a premium and let those who want a cheaper deal go to their competitor's.
I think a fleet of 787-8/-9/-10 + 777-8/-9 and potentially 777-10 is more flexible and more modern and a better fit for QF than A330-3/-9, A350-9/-10, A380.
tommy1808 wrote:Being about 9 to 10% heavier during the flight with ~14% more fuel on board I am sure the 778 will carry more over a long distance, but it may not be all that much of a difference.
It's not just about weight.
The additional weight brings along with it more fuel efficient engines, a longer and more efficient wing, and ability to seat 10x in economy.
If it was just about picking the lighter plane, there would be no RFP.