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

Date:         27 Aug 97 20:47:05 
From:         Marc Schaeffer <>
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I read this very surprising news :
(Reuters) Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd is planning to order 20 additional
Airbus and BOEING CO wide-body aircraft as part of a large scale
expansion of its international operations, the latest edition of
aviation industry magazine Flight International said. A Cathay spokesman
said the carrier had no announcement to make and could
not comment on the report. Flight said Cathay is understood to be
negotiating orders for a further seven Boeing 747-400s including one
freighter; seven more Airbus A340-300s and another six A330-300s. (end

If this information is correct it would mean that Cathay isn't
interested in the A340-600. I just don't see why they would buy 6 new
B747-400 (not considering the freighter) if a A340-600 can nearly do
everything better. Maybe the delivery has to be before the -600 will
enter service.

No mention is made of the A340-500 or the B77-400 (or 200x).

Any comments are welcome,
Marc Schaeffer, Luxembourg //
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