|Quoting Basefly (Reply 5):|
what has changed so much in the business plan of BC to warrant this cancellation?
Fuel prices have doubled or perhaps even tripled since they placed the order. Low fares and a low amount of seats are not going to work in today's world. The aircraft comes with a high trip cost and cheap tickets are not going to cover it.
On top of that, it's difficult to make low-cost long-haul work in today's economic climate.
That leaves the question why they would drop the order while the aircraft are in assembly.
|Quoting mffoda (Reply 32):|
In the following article, they say one of the A/C is partly customized.
|Quoting Stitch (Reply 33):|
That may refer to things like galley / lavatory hookups and IFE runs.
That's nearly impossible, the aircraft never entered an outfit hangar in XFW
Speculative orders are booked all the time by lessors (ALC
, ILFC, etc) and are listed as firm order.
|Quoting rotating14 (Reply 48):|
So they (Hong Kong Airlines) bought 40 A320's, 30 A321's and they're gonna take delivery of all 10 A380's?
I never said they are going to take those 10 A380s. I said the Hong Kong Airlines order was moved to an undisclosed customer several months ago, and might stay that way.
|Quoting AviationAware (Reply 61):|
I doubt that they have paid very much of the planes up to now and would be rather confident that they had pretty sleak contract conditions. I don't think they would ever have ordered them if it were different.
Deposits are in the millions (dollars of course, not Mexican pesos).
|Quoting racercoup (Reply 64):|
time is proving Mr. Aboulafia to be more right than wrong
Nope, he has been proven wrong multiple times before.
What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived.