Also fuel efficiency is not really a priority for military operations. It is far more important that the engines also work in very harsh conditions. So who cares if it drinks 10% more than a comparable civilian engine with the same thrust, at least it can operate on that dirt track if necessary.
Tactical aircraft like A400M also to a degree are bullit proof, including engines, which doesn't make them light or cheap.
Coming back to the OP, any news on a A350-950F and possible kaunching customers, current A350 operators like QR, SQ, CX, AF would be likely candidates.
So will the work done by Airbus all this years earn them suffisant orders to launch or will Boeing recent conteroffer have been enough to shake Airbus plans?
Will the work done by Boeing warn the sufficient orders to launch? How's the 777X doing? Often I have the impression people believe Boeing always has money to invest, give discounts, despite known forward losses and 60B debt. Surreal often..
Leave all this talk of investment. Whoever has the orders will bring the money to take the investment in the freighter to take it to the next level.
Look access to capital for Boeing is not a problem. You act like debt is a bad thing, if you manage it properly it won’t be. You also act like Boeing is expected to drop 6 billion today in cash. It’s a long term investment. Any variant or aircraft program is a long term investment. This your 777X freighter quavering is quite the show, it’s almost as though you suspect within yourself that this aircraft will launch and will make life for airbus within this freighter market very difficult or next to impossible then you throw things out there to kind of find what sticks. Airbus probably thought Boeing like you seem to have thought with this your going on about investment and Boeing debt levels that they can’t react and it shows because they have launched an aircraft for about what? 4 months now, no orders, nothing, this Q3 earnings did we even hear anything on the freighter? No update? No orders? Forget what you think the market is saying at a cargofacts conference - it was a poll at the conference it wasn’t even a deep analysis, it was already a tall ask in the cargo market to get this moving.
We know that those customers you mentioned are not going to order any freighter.
CX? You can forget that. They don’t even know which form of existence they’ll have in the coming years. They’re not ordering a damn thing from anybody
AF? To replace what? Or grow what? They have 777Fs and nice belly freight with their 359s and 77Ws
SQ? Maybe, they have 744Fs that they might want to replace, yet that’s not a given
Reuters today reported on air Asia X looking for 321neo freighters and they want to convert some of their 321s to that if airbus were to offer it and I think they should. They’ll have much better luck there than in the large widebody business. Boeing has nothing to counter them there besides converted freighters.
In that same article they talk about the 777X freighter and the fact that industry sources say QR and FedEx are looking like the launch customers for this. Nothing on the 350 freighter launch customers from industry sources?
QR is looking at adding 50 freighters, they’re in a dispute with airbus and said they will not buy anything from airbus till that problem is solved, Airbus says there’s no problem, okay then, that will surely help them sell some freighters. According to aviation week network. QR is scheduled to take a 35K till July 2022. They have 16 grounded 350s, they’ve brought back 380s. To me this does not seem like just a matter of squeeze airbus.
We had FedEx already having cold feet on moving OEMs…the cost involved
Will it be UPS that will buy the 350F? Maybe? Who knows.
It might be cargolux, after all they did have a test flight on the 350 but Airbus will be showing customers that, doesn’t mean they’ll buy it.
Boeing has the ecosystem, the relationships, the commonality and a potentially damn good freighter option. It’s a tough sell for airbus and you know it but I don’t expect you to admit it
But you choose to ignore the fact that the plane which they launched. Has no orders and hasn’t had any update for months other than “interest” and you know it is strange but Let’s see if they prove me wrong at Dubai but they themselves said they’re not driven by airshows.