musman9853 wrote:My bet is we'll only see the 778 as a freighter then. Like 30 orders isn't enough to make imo
I would think in "normal times" 30 frames would have been enough to justify the model, but these aren't "normal times" for Boeing.
fcogafa wrote:How long can Boeing continue to produce the current 777 freighter. Is the line compatible with the -9?
Yes, the line can produce both 777 classic and X. The line has self-positioning platforms to deal with the differences. The same tech is being used by Airbus at XFW.
It's kind of amazing that they will continue to produce such an old model, but they also still produce 767 and 747F.
To me it's amazing that FX/5X/USAF will still buy 767s whose engines are already two generations out of date, and plan to operate them for decades more.
keesje wrote:This is blatant misinformation in my opinion, I have to step in for Jon. You can check out 2004-20010 events on this site.
I too support Jon. I also support Leeham and other independent aviation media sources. I don't treat their info as gospel truth, so I don't get upset should they get something wrong.
I think we're lucky to have people like them doing the hard work to bring people like us the info we crave.
JerseyFlyer wrote:From FG, a rather weak statement considering it will have been thoroughly "PR'd" before release:
"Boeing says it will continue to work with current and potential 777X customers. “This includes our valued customer Qantas,” it adds."
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... nt-460286/
A somewhat updated report from FG ( https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... co-460294/ ) says:
FlightGlobal understands, from a source close to the initiative, that Boeing is keen to remain within the Project Sunrise competition and has put a "compelling option" to the Australian carrier intended to "help manage potential timing issues".
Boeing has been offering the 777-8 as an alternative to the Airbus A350 to serve the 'kangaroo' routes between the UK and eastern Australia. Qantas already uses Boeing 787s on a non-stop route between London and Perth.
I guess Boeing PR people are very practiced in the "nothing to see here, move on now" approach to dealing with bad news.
I think it's a bit more than a "potential timing issue" if you can't tell a customer when you plan to make a product available.