Re: A330-300HGW & new gear

Date:         13 Jul 97 01:25:49 
From: (H Andrew Chuang)
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In article <airliners.1997.1432@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
Marc Schaeffer  <> wrote:
>H Andrew Chuang wrote:
>> Please don't equate a half-a-billion-dollar project (i.e., the
>> B777-200X/300X) to a three-billion-dollar project (i.e., the A340-500/600).
>> Yes, the B777-200X needs a wing extension, but it's not as expensive as
>> the A340-500 which needs a new wing.
>Both will just get a wing extension, at least that's what you can read
>on the net and in the magazines. Airbus writes on their website that the
>A340-500/600 wing will be a stretched version of the existing -300 wing.
>Same for the B777-200X wing which will be stretched from todays wing.
>Could you please explain :
>- what difference between the so called new -500/600 wing and the
>existing -300 wing   there will be

No.  The A340-500/600 wing is not just a wing extension.  The simple
fact that the A340-500 is slightly larger than the A340-300 (318 pax
vs 295 pax in tri-class configuration) is because of the new wing
that Airbus has to plug additional frames in the center section.

>- where you got these figures (500M$ and 3B$)

Various reports.  With the definition of the B777-200X getting heavier
everyday, I think the $500M will be low for the -200X, but I doubt it
will go over $1B.  Just for a reference,  I believe the B777-300 cost
about $500M.

>- what would justify this difference (is the Trent 500 included ?)

No.  Engine development cost is not included.  With the heavier than
the orginal anticipated -200X, engine development cost for the
heavier -200X may be very similar to the cost to develop the Trent 500.