Re: Virgin Atlantic becomes first A340-600 customer; Air Canada orders

Date:         18 Aug 97 02:22:17 
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>According to AW&ST the target for industrial launch is 25 orders. It
>seems clear to me that the two LOI are not sufficient to launch the
>programs. Again according to the Seattle Times, " The commitments by the
>two airlines also brought Airbus several steps closer to a formal launch
>of its planned new version of its widebody A340 aircraft."

A319 was launched without any launch customer and orders.

>guess is that Airbus will have more than 40 orders for the -500/-600 by
>the end of the year. Other customers should be Lufthansa, Swissair,
>Sabena, Cathay Pacific, Air France. I'm not sure if Singapore Airlines
>will choose the A340-600 or the B777-200X.

SIA want an aircraft to SIN-USA without stop. Those two types do not
corespond to this expectative considering the real performance of the
aircraft and not the performances announced by the airframers.