Jetstar315 wrote:Ok - here's a curve-ball! If QF are really considering the A350-1000 with ULR capability (i.e. extra fuel tanks) could NZ extend their relationship with our Aussie cousins and select the same aircraft?? It may well have benefits for both carriers by combining an order for scale of discounts that may be offered for a combined larger order than QF alone might make!! Just saying....
NZ don't need the -1000ULR. They can replace the 772 with the -900 nicely, depending on final config something like 30C, 40U and 230Y over 14-15,000km.
If they order the -1000 to replace the 77W it won't need the ULR range.
I'm not sure if you mean QF orders additional -1000ULR's and then leases to NZ by doing so ordering more and obtaining a better deal from Airbus?
Firstly I don't think NZ would want to lease planes from such a close 'competitor' over what could be a 20 year period, especially for their core international routes. Surely NZ would just use another leasing agency to obtain attractive deals but also, any order would be for a minimum of 8 frames (replace 772) with options to replace the 7x 77W and maybe growth (Although growth could come from additional 789's too) - so an order of 15+ frames should see a decent price and I'm not sure Qantas would firstly be too interested given they've already got a lot of orders on the table with Airbus and would they want to upset Airbus all that much if they see it has cutting some of their lunch by bypassing Airbus doing an order directly with NZ?