First, let me address the original question.
was considering the order a few years ago, they were basically comparing two totally seperate aircraft, to go along two totally seperate lines. For more fragmentation, they were strongly considering the 777LR series, while on the flip side, they also had to consider more hub flying, and thus the A380 proposal. For a long time, the 777 clearly had the lead. Indeed, from what I understand, when Boeing announced the 777LR program, QF
had given them a verbal commitment to the aircraft. IIRC, they were to launch both the 747-400ER and the 777-200LR. However, at the eleventh-hour, QF
chose to go down the A380 route instead, flying more seats w/ less frequency, which QF
saw as a better option for the Kangaroo routes.
Part of the deal with Airbus for helping launch the A380 was not only a discount on the A380, but also a good deal on the A330 (which was not a bad proposal for Airbus, since it only inbedded QF
with Airbus more). From what some reliable sources have told me, the total cost of the A380/A330 deal was what the list cost of the A380s alone would have been. The problem was, QF
wasn't quite sure what to do with the A330. Although they were originally intended to fly domestically and a few regional routes, this has not worked out how QF
wanted it to. Therefore, the airline has switched its gameplan, and the A330s are now replacing 767s on medium-haul destinations, freeing those aircraft for the domestic routes that QF
had planned for the A330s.
, I hope that answers your question. In truth, QF
did not pick the A330 over the 777, they picked the A380 over the 777.
Now, a couple of misconceptions:
"A B777 just ain't going to fit at the domestic terminals too well
The A330's wingspan is not much smaller than a 777's, so this is rather moot.
"The 777 is really different than all the others, and looks like it will be completely different than the 7E7. This is still somewhere Airbus has Boeing completely whooped.
I'm sorry, but this is simply not true. When you compare going from A32X to A330/340, vs. going from 737NG to 777, the Boeing option only adds 1 day, on average, of extra training. IIRC, its @ 4-6 days for the Airbus models, 5-7 days for the Boeing ones. If we look at upcoming models, they will be virtually identical. Keep in mind that Airbus is updating the A380 cockpit (thank God, afterall, the A320 was originally designed in the mid-80s), which means that it will also take a little extra time (probably a day or so more than usual). The 7E7, likewise, will have an updated 777 cockpit, which in turn is in fact based on the 747-400 cockpit. IIRC, Boeing wants the 7E7 to have less training time to go from a 777 as it currently takes to go A32X to A330/340.
"Why would Qantas purchase the 777 when they have very clearly stated they intend on Airbus to do the long-haul and international services.
And when has Qantas ever stated that? Is that why they bought 747-400ERs at the same time they bought the A380? Is that why, according to a reliable source at Qantas itself, that the 777 remains an option down the road?
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