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MANCHESTER, UK - The Guardian has reported that Boeing's commercial aircraft marketing chief has taken a swipe at Airbus' forecast of 1,138 sales of its super jumbo, 555-passenger A380 transport. Randy Baseler not only stated a "best case" estimate of a mere 320 sales, but added that the consortium might not even sell enough A380s to repay $3.5-billion loaned it by several European governments to launch the program. According to the Guardian Baseler went on to note that Airbus offered customers for the initial 129 A380s a discount of 40 percent on the aircraft's $230-million list price. He also said he doubted Airbus would break even with 250 orders. Forecast International has projected deliveries of 190 of the big A380s from early 2007 through 2013. The new four-engined Airbus model will be powered by Engine Alliance (Pratt & Whitney and GE) GP7200 or Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, at the customer's choice, and these will each deliver about 80,000 lbst.
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May be a little premature to be putting the mockers on the Big bus I personally can see the market for it, the multi billion dollar question must surely be, will the many 'Boeing Freindly' operators embrace the Big bus to compete in it?. This is the issue that Boeing are desperately trying to force. It has been said many times previous, and will be said many times again, but Boeing have somehow and for whatever reason, allowed themselves to fall behind the consortium, and in the present climate I ain't convinced that the 7E7 will redress the balance. Airbus are cautiously optimistic that once operational, the A380 stats will further widen the gap, Boeing will hope conversely.
And of course getting back to the Title, well... He who laughs last . . . . and all that.
Never believe what either of those companies tell you when they start going off about their rival, because then they suddenly turn into a bunch of monkeys lobbing t#rds at each other. And frankly Baseler doesn't have the best record for trustworthiness in my book. When Boeing clinched a Singapore Air 777 order by offering to buy and remarket SIA's Airbus A340-300s, he tried to convince me and some colleagues that this was nothing new and Airbus used those sort of tactics all the time. This was not true. There have been other times since then when he's handed out duff information ... Frankly I don't have a lot of faith in the words of marketing reptiles from either camp ...
I agree with PAXboy, what else are they going to do??
Boeing is running and screaming scared. Their output is at an all time low, the 747 line in grinding painfully to a halt (in terms of pax version sales) and according to their own websit they sold MINUS ONE 757 last year.
The 767 line is only being kept afloat by the defence tanker contract which I think we all know - was a dead-cert.
I fear Boeings lack of innovation over the last decade has left it in a very precarious position.
As for the 7E7....is this their Last, Best Hope for the future??
My opinion is that the 7E7 may well be the primarily produced civil Boeing model for the next 20 years. It looks very good on the books especially for the Charters looking for a replacement for the 767 and 757.
But so far as its huge family of aircraft.......well I fear that we will soon see a few deaths in said family.
The coughs can be heard from the 767(civil), 747(pax)already and even the Jeuvenile 777 seems to be under the weather re: future sales at the moment.
The decine in their large aircraft sales will probably result in Boeing turning to its defence contracts for its future.
I sincerely hope that Boeing continues to produce aircraft of quality for the civil market........
......But the writing is on the wall. The A380 flies in Jan 2005. No-one can deny that the A380 will be successful, if not immediately, then within 5-10 years. All the market indicators point to that very conclusion. The skies are not getting any clearer(traffic wise) and the airports are not getting any bigger - ultimately if AI is the only player offering a financially viable product (seat mile costs) then the financially accountable airlines will be buying them.
You don't see any A340's being operated by US carriers. Boeing thinks that, if it's not going to happen there, it's not going to happen anywhere else but, this philosophy is obviously flawed. The 340 has made it's mark in the world and I am sure the 380 will do the same thing. Success favours the brave! and I think the 380 will endow it's operators with a sense of awe, not seen since the days of the Drooped Nosed Beast from Bristol. Lets hope that this goliath will appeal to the madding crowd and not just the financial elite.