|Quoting seahawk (Reply 298):|
There must be more to it imho
This is a very interesting point.
I'd suggest if there is a business case for an A330NEO it will based upon it being competitive with the 787 on a capital/operating cost basis. A lower capital cost base would also result in lower opportunity cost (or higher opportunity).
As per my reply 295, if the 787 costs substantially more to build than an A330, than Airbus might actually have something going with an A330NEO.
Remember the original 787's production output of ten per month was based upon a single line at Everett, not two lines at Everett and one line at Charleston where a whole new assembly hall was required to be built.
I just can't see any other way an A330NEO could remain competitive with an aircraft two generations younger in the 2020-30 period.