|Quoting anfromme (Reply 39):|
A few points on this thought that gets rehashed again and again in different variants.Firstly, regarding UA in particular: The youngest A32S will still be around for a while in UA in the same way that they didn't get rid of their 737 classics the instant they ordered A32S. Also, they have 25 A350s on order.Secondly, I think the "CO management" factor is way overplayed on a.net. In the same way that "AA will never buy Airbus again" and "Lufthansa will never buy Boeing again" were. So I really do give zero credit to that line of argument, irrespective of which airline/OEM combination it is applied to.I pointed this out before: It's not some CEO's desire to have a certain name and type printed on the safety cards that makes or breaks an order. It's numbers that get triple-checked and then checked again by the people that have to come up with the financing.Same here - by the sounds of it, UA isn't buying MAX because the management just prefers Boeing, but because the package that Boeing offered (prices, slots, etc.) suits them better than the package Airbus was willing to offer. It's called business.
I absolutely agree. I have made the argument countless times that orders are decided on many factors that are evaluated by a group within management (usually senior members of the engineering/technical/finance/procurement/operations/pilot operations management staff). They run the numbers on many criteria and make recommendations which are carefully considered. It is not done on a whim. It isn't like buying a car.