Polot wrote:airbazar wrote:juliuswong wrote:American Airlines really need to place an order for A321XLR to push Boeing to finally launch 797. AA, please do it.
I feel that if AA were to order 50 A321LR/XLR it would be game over for the 797. There's simply not enough demand in that segment for 2 manufacturers and AA is one of the largest customers for that plane.
I see room for both at AA. Like UA said, the XLR solves the range issue...but it is still the size of a 757. 797 would have a place in fleet replacing 788 routes where that plane is being used sub-optimally (since they are replacing 767s) and to replace the A332s (most of which are not on demanding routes) that will be getting old by the time 797s start coming out in numbers.
Yes there's room for both in AA's fleet but that's not what I was alluding to. It's 50 less potential orders for Boeing which just makes the case for launching the 797 that much more difficult in a segment that is not seeing a lot of demand from airlines.