Regarding the 757 replacements, is it really needed? Whilst they have had some reliability troubles in the past, I think they largely do what they're meant to. I can't see the government coughing up the money for something new like a neo or MAX. Maybe buy an old 737NG and do the combi conversion (737-700C was delivered new with a cargo door)? I see a dedicated business jet like a GLEX or a Falcon as being a non-starter politically, despite the cost savings as compared to an airliner.
From memory the 727s were run right into the ground. Maybe 40 years old at the time they were replaced?
Don’t be so quick to make those kind of statements. Remember the whole industry is in a state of flux right now.
Also we have just seen QF go with the A350 despite having 787s. NZs 789s are already several years old in most cases so in a decade (or sooner) when they start to be replaced it will be interesting (if not sooner replacing the 77W and already retired 77E).
NZs flights to ORD, JFK and others are still bloody long flights and the 787 is quite tight on the seating and pushing the limits of range. The latter is solvable if Boeing improves the main gear with increased MTOW or rewings/extensions.
Once again, it goes to show the A350 would been the better 'fit' for Air NZ.
According to who? You?
But sure, it’s the worst purchase they’ve made because you said so.
NZ6 has a long and admirable track record of being right on fleet Air New Zealand's operational and fleet decisions. I would politely suggest that they deserve quite a lot more respect than such dismissive comments...
I would not completely rule out the A350 long term. While I have traditionally been more of a Boeing fan, the A350 is an incredible airplane family. Part of the issue is that when the B787 orders were placed, the A350 was a barely upgraded A330 and would have been even worse than the B787 on some of the routes that the 787-10 may struggle on. (And would not have been as big).
Well said. I often wonder who would have won the RFP had it been in say 2009/10 rather than 2004. Quite possibly a lesson in the sunk costs fallacy.
I reckon if Airbus do an A350 NEO of some sort in, say, 4-5 years time, they could get a foot in the door.
I could see that. Probably no more than eight aircraft. Then again, it would be interesting to know when the various expiry dates of the 787 leases is...