05 August 2010

Cathay and Emirates Aircraft Choices

Same aircraft different reasons. Both are big purchasers of 777-300ER and the A350-900.

In the recent pronouncements from Tim Clark - he has opined that Boeing need not fear from the (as yet) not launched A350XWB-1000 and that it needs a new 777-300ER replacement.

Cathay's Tony Tyler in announcing their big order for the A350-900s praised the aircraft as being ideal for CX implying that the aircraft will eventually become the mid size mainstay of its fleet.

So this is interesting. Clearly the battle lines are drawn. Will Boeing listen hard to Mr Clark as they have in the past - will Airbus go a little further with a A350-1100?

What a conundrum for Toulouse and Chicago.

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