B777LRF wrote:Please also note the total absence of an artist impression, or model aircraft, in BA colours at the 'ceremony'. Being that closely associated with a tarred product was probably a step too far for BA, and may speak volumes of their true intentions.
So making an announcement at the one time of year when most of the world's media gives a rat's buttocks about reporting aerospace news about a "tarred product" was how IAG wanted to distance themselves from being associated with the MAX?
B777LRF wrote:I fully expect British Airways to use this as nothing more than a bargaining chip when speaking to the suits of Toulouse, and to let the LoI lapse once they've gotten what they wanted: Cheaper A320-series.
If IAG wanted a lower price from Airbus, all they had to do was wait for Boeing's "Best and Final" offer and if it was lower than what Airbus had offered, tell Airbus what Boeing offered and wait for Airbus to beat it. South African Airways played this same strategy over a decade ago to get Airbus to lower the A340-600 price during an RFP with the 777-300ER. Hell, if my sources are correct, IAG did (effectively) this for their A380 order during an RFP with the 747-8.
B777LRF wrote:The price for all this? Probably a very sweet deal on the delayed 777X and promises of deep discounts on their next 787 order.
So Boeing agrees to allow IAG to make a false claim that they intend to buy 200 737 MAX for various divisions and in return, not only will Boeing lose a 200 frame sale to the A320 family, they will also allow IAG to have a lower price on the 777X order they recently firmed and will pay below market price for a follow-on 787 order. Assuming, of course, IAG doesn't decide to take that reduced 787 contract to Airbus for A350-900s and/or A330-900s. I also assume you forgot to mention that Boeing agreed to provide IAG with a discount on the 777X service agreement they entered into, as well.
And lest we forget, IAG also agreed to make a false statement to the London Stock Exchange about their intent to purchase the 737s and therefore would have a material effect on their stock price. I am sure that both IAG investors and British Exchange officials will have no issue with that.
Seriously... Even if I thought I'd seen it all, I would have been wrong...