|Quoting al2637 (Reply 167):|
I think it's looking more and more likley that the A350 is too much plane for them. The strategy seems to be instead of adding capacity to existing gateways, to push it to secondary destinations, for which they will need smaller aircraft. Frequency and variety of destinations is what a hub needs
|Quoting al2637 (Reply 170):|
For instance, if SFO is looking like it needs a capacity increase, they'd be better off looking at adding SJC, similar to what they did yesterday, adding EWR (instead of JFK), and undoubtedly BDL will take some of their existing BOS (and NYC) traffic.
I did think that the A330NEO would be a better aircraft for EI
, if they are going to continue to focus on the North America market, but EI
management have looked closely at the A350, A350R and the A330NEO. I suspect that the A321LR was also looked at in great detail. EI
management might not have been the most dynamic, or responsive bunch, but under CM
they made some very shrewd decisions and I don't think many could criticise the operational performance and fleet choices EI
have made to date. We know EI
already see the A332 as too small. I would have guessed the 339 was almost made for EI
, but they obviously prefer the operational flexibility the A359/A359R offers. They may feel that even the newest A333Es are too marginal for the west coast routes. The selection of the A359 suggests that EI
do see a some potential in Asia, even against EK
. Otherwise I don't think they would have bothered.
I think its fair to assume that the 757s will eventually be replaced by A321LRs, at some point. I certainly wouldn't bet against the speculation up-thread that the 4th 757 will do the daylight JFK
until the launch of BDL