DeltaB717 wrote:Checklist787 wrote:TWA772LR wrote:Its a sad day for us 777 fans. I was hoping QF would pick the 778 but it seems like (given the launch by Airbus and no word from QF yet) that the A35J-ULR will be the Project Sunrise plane.
Congrats to Airbus though! The A350 is a fantastic plane that keeps getting better.
Project Sunrise is just a niche market. When the 787-9 won for Qantas it was never a sad day for fans of the A350-900.
Project Sunrise is a niche market if it's only one airline (i.e. Qantas) with a handful of unique missions in mind. Assuming the linked article has any legitimate basis, the fact it discusses airlines (plural) makes it that much less niche. Still niche to an extent, but less niche. Off the top of my head, I'm already seeing potential applications for QF, VS, BA, SQ, and possibly CX. It might be too late, but I can see how NZ might also use this.
Speaking of NZ, do you think this would spur Boeing to launch the 787-10ER? Despite what they have on their plate right now?