Re: A340-500X/600X and B777-200X/300X [long]

Date:         23 Apr 97 02:58:13 
From:         Pete Mellor <>
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Andrew Chuang <> wrote on Tue Apr 15 12:48:50 1997:-
> Airbus was aware of
> the B747-100/200 replacement market as early as in 1990.  They pitched
> stretched A330-400/A340-400 to airlines like Cathay Pacific.  Unfortunatly
> for Airbus, they didn't have the right design.  Cathay chose the B777-300,
> and the rest is history.  It won't be cheap for Airbus to come up with
> a competitive A330-400.

I was on a Cathay flight last week, and it was announced that they
are buying 7 B777-300s, 1 A330-400, and 6 A340-400s, with options
on a number of other aircraft.

[Moderator's note - those Airbus models are -300s; there are no -400s
as of yet.  Karl]

I *think* I have the right figures and model numbers, but it was
just flashed up on screen for a few seconds, and I wasn't taking
notes. Anyway, it looks as though Cathay are keen to keep both
Boeing and Airbus in business! :-)

Peter Mellor, Centre for Software Reliability, City University, Northampton
Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK. Tel: +44 (171) 477-8422, Fax: +44 (171) 477-8585