Re: A340-500/600 vs. B777-200X/B747-200X etc.

Date:         15 Nov 97 16:24:42 
From:         Jun Eu Tang <ms7jet@mtek.chalmers.se>
Organization: Chalmers University of Technology
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I thought the A340-500/600 has already been launched by Virgin and Air
Canada. Maybe it is not official yet?

I recall that both EVA and CAL signed LoI's for the B777, and the former
was interested in the combi version. What does it mean in terms of level
of commitment when airlines sign Letters of Intent (LoI)?

A340's are probably great aircraft (many believe it has superior cabin
noise levels), although I have only flown in the A330 among new
generation airbuses. However, the cabin width is significantly less than
that of the MD-11 and the B777. It will be interesting to see how EVA
intends to configure those new airbuses, especially in Evergreen Deluxe
since they had 2-3-2 in the MD11s.

Well... regarding the B777-200X. The currency crisis affecting South
East Asian nations might really hurt the Malaysia Airlines order (for 15
units, AFAIK), don't you think? I don't know if they signed any LoI or
MoU or whatever.

Best Regards.