Nice order for Airbus. Any time it can place A330neos with a current 787 operator, that has to count as a win.
It may be a sign that they are succeeding in answering Boeing's reduced production costs in kind.
Availability and access to Delta maintenance, as already pointed out, could also have put thumbs on the scale for the A330.
Well, it's not an order yet, but otherwise I agree with you. This means humble pie for me though, I dismissed earlier speculations regarding A330neo's for VS as not making sense. I thought Airbus wouldn't be able to place the A330neo to airlines already operating the 787.
But to VS, the numbers must add up. The advantages of 3 widebody types instead of 2 outweigh the disadvantages. Good and important win for Airbus' new sales team, especially for the A330neo program which slowly is gaining more traction with more well known airlines. Must be the first time the A330neo will get an order for an airline already operating 787s?
Boeing will not be happy, but you can't win them all. They won the order for NZ which must have been as important for the 787-10 as this VS win is for the A339.
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