h1fl1er wrote:WayexTDI wrote:What makes you believe Airbus will sit on their hands and do nothing if Boeing improves their 787?
what can they do? In the Bloomberg article on production cost and market share they effectively threw in the towel in this product segment.
Improving their model means dropping production costs significantly or else it will get even less competitive.
If the 78x eventually turns out to be the W of the 787 line, look out. Everyone around here is dim on it because it didn't have mid 7000nm range with a full pax load like the W but how many routes are there at that distance? 20? It seems to honest to goodness be capable of mid 6000s with 330 pax at a fuel burn rate that can't be matched by the competition.
It's also not a giant cargo hauler but most airlines don't seem to miss that. They haven't been stampeding to buy bigger jets for more than half a decade now. Those who need that capability will trickle in a sale here, a sale there for a 359 or 779, probably not for many 35K or 778s, tho. the 35K will do crazy lift over crazy distance, yeah not as crazy as the 77L, but nobody's in any hurry to buy either of 'em. The 778 even more so and it has less than half the sales of the K.
It'd be nice to quote the whole thing...
Faro was talking about a potential 787-10ER, an improved version of the current 787-10, vs an un-PiP'ed A350 (current version of the A350); so, it's apple to oranges.
Boeing will improve its 787's, no doubt; but so will Airbus with their A350. To thing Airbus will sit on their hands and do nothing while Boeing improves the 787 is being in denial.