Date: 27 Aug 97 03:57:56 From: Ken.O-Riordan@ny.ubs.com References: 1 2 3 4 5
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In article <airliners.1997.1894@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Antoin Daltun <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.