RJMAZ wrote:Air New Zealand placed a large number of options for more 787-10's the correct number to replace their 777-300ER's. The 777-300ER will get replaced by the 787 with the 787-9's used on the longest routes or the ones with high belly freight.
One more time. Let's quote the Australian Aviation interview with Luxon again:
THE 777 REPLACEMENTS
Luxon said the question of replacement for the airline’s seven 777-300ERs was a separate decision from the options on the 787-10.
“We’ve actually compartmentalised those decisions so our view at this point is that we would still need a replacement for the 777-300ER,” he said.
“Our intention at this stage is that when the 777-300s come up for replacement towards the mid-to-late 2020s . . . that would be the logical time when we will probably want to look at a larger aircraft. The A350s and the Boeing 777Xs come into the frame.
“At this point the 787-10s (or nines) are not code for replacing the -300s.
“We are really impressed with the candidate aircraft (to replace them). The A350-1000 is a great aircraft, as is the Boeing 777X, though it still has to come through development.”
So yes, you can say a decision has not yet been taken. But no, you cannot say Luxon is signaling a future decision to replace the 77Ws with 787s. In fact you cannot read this as anything except an expectation – on the back of the detailed technical and commercial analysis that went into the 78J decision – that the airline will replace the 77Ws with a type that is more capable than the 787. With the presumption being that it will be a choice between 35K and 77X.