|Quoting Karadion (Reply 78):|
The Delta and A321LR were pretty obvious and doesn't take much brain power to see that it was going to happen.
If you go through the threads at the time and most of the gossip up until a day I think that the order was announced the strongest rumors were that it was going to be a mixed order (25 of each), and since the 788 was (and weirdly still is
) on order, most of us were assuming the 789 and one of the Airbus offerings. DL
said afterwards that the A330neo was always in the mix and they squared off the 359 and 789 for the Pacific. They chose the 359 because as they stated "the 789 can fly a little further but the 359 can pretty much do the same and carry more pax. Some users were surprised that Anderson didn't stage a party after the 330Neo launch although in the background it was as good as ordered.
None of these later facts were.."obvious" IMO.
The A321neoLR was totally their exclusive (which was later reproduced in other sites like Flightglobal etc) and I do not recall anyone on a.net at least saying that a LR
version of the A321 is being conjured up. There was though a lot of talk for the 757 replacement since last summer that included both the 321neo and the 739Max.
Anyway defending Leeham is not my main concern just stating some facts, and as far as the main topic is concerned, the MAX continues to do well (although not as well as the neo ) but more and more relying on one
member of the family and although kudos must been given to Boeing for making this fine plane, it cannot take on both the 320neo and the 321neo. The 737 in my opinion has already maxed out at the -8 frame/size and Boeing should squeeze every last Dollar possible out of it to go to the NSA.