|Quoting Eaa3 (Reply 49):|
All I am trying to say here is that it looks like many of the major international carriers have built up their fleets in such a way that the B787 would not be able to replace their current aircraft in a sufficient way. Certainly the 787-9 and 10 can replace some of their lower capacity needs but it looks like Airbus is developing an aircraft (A350) that is more in line with the needs of their customers, size wise. Don't misunderstand me. I do think that the 787 is and will sell well I just think that the gamble lies in Boeing picking the 200-250+ seat market instead of going a little bit larger.
Well looking at BA
's fleet they have 21 767's along with 5 777-200 , those they can replace with the current 787 models and still have room for expansion . The 787-10 specially if the HGW vareint would be a great aircaft to replace BA
's 777-2ER's and so will be the A350-1000 , which can also replace many of BA
's 747's . The 787 looks good for them with the -8 replacing the 767's and the -9 adding capacity and for expansion . The future 10 varient can also find itself in the BA
fleet . The A350 can also serve BA
well , so i dont see how the 787 IS
TOO SMALL FOR BA
given the aircraft they are replacing .
Now comming to LH
they can also make use of the 787-9 to replace the 330-300's and also use -9 and -10 to replace 340-300 , they can also use the A350-1000 and -900 . Again i see 787 not being TOO SMALL for LH
, it may be smaller then the 350 but not significantly so in the market where it competes .
I think you are particularly talking of the A350-1000 for which their is no 787 competitor (atleast direct) . That is true however boeing is competing in other markets , for 330 , 767 and early 777 replacement cycles . When the time comes for the bulk 777 replacement they will have to either bump up the 787-10 (11?) or do another aircraft to compete with the -1000 for airlines looking to replace bigger 777's but that is way into the future.