|Quoting 777ER (Reply 45):|
ts a known fact the B777 has lower operating costs then the B744s, if it wasn't true then the B777 wouldn't have ripped apart the A340s sales or Boeing would have faced some problems with false advertising. Yes introducing a new type is more money for an airline. Do you really believe that QF has the right long haul fleet right now with only B744s and A380s with nothing around the A340/B777 size for routes that don't require B744s? If QF had ordered the B777/A340 like many other airlines around the world for routes that didn't require Jumbos then do you believe the B787 delays wouldn't be affecting QFs fleet plans as badly? Are you trying to say that its not worth introducing a new type because of extra costs? If so they why did QF introduce the A330 when it already had B767s perfectly able to fly the routes the A330s are currently flying? QF introduced the A330 because it saw a need for the aircraft. The same can be said for the A380.
OK, point by point:
Agree the B777 has lower DIRECT operating costs than the B744. I'd bet that the three second hand B744s had lower TOTAL operating costs than three new B777. You CANNOT ignore the financing and other indriect costs.
The "gap" argument again. QF has never had an aircrat in the "gap". In fact there is less "gap" between the A333 and A380 than between the B744 and B763. There MAY be a case for changing this, but how would we know?
QF would have the ideal fleet for its route structure, according to its management, IF Airbus & Boeing had met their contractual delivery dates and we wouldn't be having this discssion, again!
I am saying that decission if it is worth the cost of introduction of a new fleet type is complex with many factors that are not obvious from outside the actual fleet planning group and senior management.
Again you MAYBE correct, the point is we don't and can't know. IMHO you should present your points as an opinion, which you are certainly entitled to have and not as facts, which you can't possibly know.