EK is teasing Boeing with possible orders for 275 (!!!) widebodies. Tough negociatiations must be ongoing behind the scene about guaranteed performances, delivery dates and prices .... I suppose that Boeing cannot commit to performances without backing from GE ...
EK is also weighing on the specs, but their requirement may be very specific, and Boeing must attract other customers ...
Anyhow, both parties need the deal.
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2013 21:38:33 GMT 1 by philidor
The 777-9X is expected to be the bestselling version of the 777X. It is supposed to reign supreme on a new 400-seat market segment, without any direct competitor. I wonder however whether this is an adequate assessment, and what will be the size of that specific segment. I would like to start a general discussion on these issues.
The -9X is (or at least should be) heavier than recently launched widebodies (787, 350) and cannot match their cost per flight. It is however supposed to be attractive to airlines because of its high capacity (> 400 pax + a lot of freight), and resulting high RASK/RASM and low CASK/CASM.
Yet these favorable features are predicated on airlines being eager to offer a large capacity, and to go for high density seating (10 abreast) on long haul flights. If one of these conditions is missing, the aircraft becomes pointless.
Certainly, such a market exists, but I guess that it is much smaller than the market the 77W enjoyed (remember, long haul and low cost operations have been a difficult business). If I am right, then the -9X can secure Boeing hardly more than a sweet market niche, not the core target.