when evaluating the 787 vs. original A350, Dixon said it was very "close" and everyone took that to mean the products were nearly interchangeable and Boeing basically won on pricing. QF
could have gone 'either way' according to some esteamed a.netters who claim to know everything about the inner workings of QF
All that commentary seems to be so wrong at this point, all that puffery was just that, puffery, and the A350 needed to be redesigned soon after and the 787 has sold over 700 frames, over 1/2 of them since that point.
Now Dixon says similar things about the new A350X, and again, we are supposed to take his comments at complete face value instead of gamesmanship, when last time it was obviously gamesmanship?
The last A350 had to be "very very good" for QF
to "almost" choose it over the 787 the first time, right? Otherwise, were they waffling about which "not so good" jet to order? Or were they inflating the Airbus product to put a scare into Boeing?
So is this new A350X "very, very more good?"
It probably is very good. QF
is evaluating it, but all indications point to QF
buying the 787-10, including the comments by Dixon saying they will! He has already said that the A380 and 787 represent the future of QF
, and that means QF
came to the conclusion they don't need a 77W sized aircraft.
I find it funny that the same people who used to say that all 744s can be replaced with A380s and nobody would want to downsize to a 77W are now saying things like QF
needs an A350-1000 to replace some of the 744s that won't be replaced by A380s. Has the thinking on downsizing among this group miraculously changed because Airbus is now offering a suitable aircraft rather than just Boeing? Why is it that QF
never needed the 77W but all of a sudden won't be able to do without a plane the size of the 350-1000?
History of QF
's fleet and Dixon's comments tells us not to read too much into a QF
A350X order any time soon...
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