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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 07:56
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Air Europa of Spain is the first airline to commit to the A350-800, Airbusí new 245-seater aircraft only on offer since 10th December, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding for 10 aircraft and 2 further options. Just 10 days after authority to offer to the airlines.
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 09:33
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A tenner says Air Europa never gets them.
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 09:53
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Sounds a bit premature. Was it a buy one, get one free offer?
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 10:29
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7E7... Quo Vadis
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 10:41
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They wouldn't do that, would they... ??
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 12:12
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Pesonally, I hope that this is the first of many orders that Airbus will have.
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 12:46
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I believe it is now officially the 787 ?

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Death knell for the 7E7, 787, Dreamliner (whatever)
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 13:06
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Well I kinda liked the "E" on its name. But I guess it has something to do with the asian market, as the number 8 is considered good luck. I've found that
here.

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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 18:16
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From the extensive posts in an earlier thread on the A350 I thought it was almost universally agreed that the 7E7 has nothing to do with the A350 ..... a totally different animal for a totally different market?
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Old 22nd Dec 2004, 20:51
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Hi Hobie,

No, the A350 is an updated version of the A330 (the A350-800 an updated version of the A330-200 and the A350-900 of the A333) and is certainly aimed at the market being targeted by the 7E7.

To my knowledge, the Boeing aircraft is still the 7E7; a Boeing spokesperson said there are divided opinions on whether to rename it.

Also, looking at an Airbus ad in this week's Flight (inside front cover), one of the routes shown for the A350 is DUB-SIN. Aer Lingus is certainly in Airbus's sights and of course, being an existing A330 (and A320 operator), you have to say it has a lead there. However, the 7E7 is a very impressive aircraft. To my mind, the biggest chance for Boeing getting a shot at EI could be in the first half of next year. If a new deal is agreed to allow EI more US access (i.e. amending the SNN stopover to allow more n/s from DUB), it will be a lot easier for Boeing to provide aircraft; there are very few Airbus widebodies now available (no A330s), but a few 777s are available. If Boeing could persuade EI to lease these to add capacity and replace A333s as their leases run out and offer a good lease deal as part of a 7E7-9 package, they might have a chance.

Note also that the A350 price tag is considerably higher than the 7E7, it's available well after Aer Lingus wants a new type (although no doubt a bridging lease could be organised) and the 7E7's fuselage cross section will allow a 9 abreast layout (although intended for 8 abreast); the Airbus won't.
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