|Quoting travelavnut (Reply 182):|
Everything the guy writes is biased and colored, he's the Fox News of the aerospace industry.
Also he's proven wrong on this forum so many times I lost count years ago. Just the “They have exactly one enthusiastic customer.” is pure prime cut Bravo Sierra.
That's my problem with him - it's fair enough to criticise Airbus (or Boeing, for that matter), but with Richard, even his Airbus criticism is without much value because you know a priori that he's going to criticise Airbus. That's a foregone conclusion, not the result of an actual analysis that's worth considering. When Airbus won IAG
and JAL, he wasn't crediting the capabilities of the A350 with for a single second. He was just blaming Boeing for not launching the 777X sooner. (Which is BS
as well, because IAG
didn't order A350 all that much before LH
ordered 777X, and JAL actually ordered A350 after that LH
But it makes sense (in a way), because his belief is that Boeing's widebody offerings are clearly superior over Airbus'. He actually said that.
And he resorts to calling people criticising him "random Euro-sycophants
Completely different story with analysts like Leeham or reporters like Ostrower.
Both of them praise and criticise both manufacturers based on the merit of the issue at hand. Leeham for instance aren't big believers in the A380, either, but they refrain from issuing nonsense statements like "Where does this end? They have exactly one enthusiastic customer.", and they apply the same standards to both OEMs.
So any comment from Aboulafia regarding Boeing or Airbus is pretty much useless, because one is consistently too rosy, while the other is consistently too bleak.
Yeah, there was that legendary number of bar raising exercises he had to perform during the space of a week during the Paris air show a good 8 years ago in order to still be able to say something negative about the programme...
|Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 186):|
Leeham News is also very critical and writes about both Airbus and Boeing, and does it much better than uncle Richard.
|Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 188):|
Even without the A380, Airbus would had never launched the A350 before the 787.
Blaming the A380 for everything is just too easy.
Getting back to the Skymark A380s - I'm quite curious to see who's going to pick them up.
Enforcing their contractual rights in the way Airbus did, I do wonder how quickly they think they can place those frames, as they must surely have felt that having two white tails (well, covered-up star tails) is preferable to not terminating the contract.
Personally, other than a leasing customer (possibly via Amadeo - which would open the door particularly for TK
) I'd mostly see existing customers as potential takers, primarily BA
. Sure, EK
would hardly notice two more frames, either, but I'm kind of hoping for a slightly less boring solution