Baldr wrote:majano wrote:hOMSaR wrote:
Not only that but they also keep bringing up carriers that would have been legally required to disclose such a large, multi-billion-dollar commitment even though numerous folks have explained those legal requirements for publicly-traded corporations.
So, would it have been better if the conversation stopped as soon as someone mentioned the name of China? I am not sure I understand where this is going given that most A-Net discussions are about speculation.
Quite a few a.netters seem to be unable to fathom that the A330-900 is turning out to be highly competitive with the 787-9. Therefore, they seem to believe that only China will be bulk buying A330neos, for political reasons, going forward. However, if China is going to be bulk buying A330neos -- say, 200+ units -- Airbus will very likely set up an A330neo FAL in Tianjin*.
IMJ, the firm order for 40 A330-900s is very likely from Emirates. The first aircraft can be delivered as early as mid 2021.*Airbus is looking at assembling its newest A330neo wide-body jet in China as part of a bid to win orders for the plane in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Airbus may expand its existing plant in Tianjin to accommodate the model, but a decision has not been made with the business case yet to be established, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. The plan may not go ahead, they cautioned.
A spokesman for Airbus declined to comment.
Airbus previously offered to build its A380 superjumbo in China in exchange for orders from the country’s airlines, but that pitch was rejected amid concerns about the double-decker plane’s suitability for the local market, according to two of the people. The smaller, more fuel-efficient A330neo is potentially a better fit, with more than 200 of the original-generation model already sold in the Asian nation.
The move to extend the Tianjin plant -- which currently assembles Airbus’ single-aisle A320 workhorse -- comes as Rolls-Royce is said to be offering to establish a Chinese plant to secure an engine deal for the wide-body plane being developed by Comac. The UK company is pitching a derivative of the Trent 7000 turbine for that aircraft, which is also the only option on the A330neo.
China is set to become the world’s biggest plane market next decade and will need almost 8,000 aircraft worth $1.2 trillion over 20 years, according to Boeing estimates. President Xi Jinping has also earmarked aerospace as a priority industry, encouraging Western producers to set up shop in the country.
The A330neo -- abbreviated from new engine option -- assembly plant would add to an existing completion and delivery center for Airbus’ original A330, where planes get final touches before being shipped to the customers.
I think there's a strong possibility it's EK too. Order was placed 12/23..same month STC announced his stepping aside. Definite proof....of course not! Cannot remember exactly, but there was mention EK was looking to get A339s early...was posted somewhere on this site when the initial A339 options were taken.