Re: Aer Lingus signs for A321s

Date:         27 Aug 97 03:57:56 
From:         Ken.O-Riordan@ny.ubs.com
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In article <airliners.1997.1894@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Antoin Daltun <adaltun@tinet.ie> wrote:>Why should EU influence be assumed?

Well in an ideal world aircraft would be bought for their attributes
alone as you seem to indicate.  Unfortunately we don't live in such a
world.

Before I continue, I'd like to say that I have no axe to grind one way
or the other with regards to Airbus or Boeing.  The simple fact of the
matter is that European nations with interests in Airbus Industrie put
considerable pressure on nations who receive other benefits from the
EU.  Read Matthew Lynn's excellent 'Bird's of Prey' for the goings on
between Airbus and Boeing to win orders and how they roll out the
political big Whig's for these occasions.  Boeing are just as bad.

Now Aer Lingus being a state controlled company is certainly not free
of such political considerations.  The same is true of most of the
other European airlines by the way.

Your arguments about BA don't make sense.  They operate around 10
A320's and have done so for many years now, these having come as part
of the British Caledonian merger.  BA while happy with these aircraft
have not bought any more.  They do however continue to buy B757's.
Now do you think that an airline with such an aggressive cost cutting
basis as BA, which incidentally was willing to allow a disruptive
strike recently on this issue, would really operate aircraft that are
no longer efficient, such as the B757, on its European routes?  I
think not.

I have no doubt that the A321 is an excellent aircraft and will serve
Aer Lingus well, but I don't think it's any better or any worse than a
B757.  There is a bigger picture.

Regards,
Ken.