keesje wrote:Newbiepilot wrote:No one has mentioned China. The Chinese airlines are responsible for the surge in demand for A330s. 38 of the 47 A330ceos delivered in 2018 went to Chinese operators. So far no Chinese airline has ordered the A330neo.
In my opinion, the future of the A330 depends on What the Chinese do. Will they continue buying A330s due to quick availability to add capacity at slot constrained airports, or will they look towards the new 797 which looks purpose built for their interasia and domestic trunk routes?
Agree, Chinese operators have a big influence here. No doubt the NMA will be good, I assume it will have reasonable cargo capability too. While the Chinese over the last 15 mainly focussed on connection own 1.5B souls. We are seeing that the number of Chinese that earn enough to make a trip to Europe is enormously grown, a middle class of 300-400mln has emerged that want to go abroad and has the financials. Buying an aircraft (for the next 20 years) that developing requirement could drive some flexibility (A330) over fuel efficiency (NMA). Plus they might want to fill their own completion line over a foreign one.
The A330neo has been on sale for 4.5 years and now is in service. If it fits their needs so well, when do you think a Chinese airline will actually order one?