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

Date:         21 Nov 97 01:59:51 
From:         Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang)
Organization: Concentric Internet Services
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In article <w3iutr9qo5.fsf@rocza.kei.com>,
Sean Liao  <geniusl@ms7.hinet.net> wrote:
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>One major reason why EVA chose A340 instead of Boeing 777 was that MD no
>longer exsists.They have to pick another manufacturer to balance their
>fleet.Even though the new coming European system would make maintenance
>complicate,they don't want Boeing to be the only provider of their
>jetliners.

Since the Boeing/MD merge, this argument has been brought up quite
often.  IMHO, for an airline of EVA Air's size, splitting its relatively
small requirements between multiple suppliers is not very smart.  Not
only does the airline lose an opportunity for volume discount, the
airline will also face additional training and maintenance costs.
There are enough airlines around to keep both Boeing and Airbus
honest.