Date: 03 Jan 97 04:36:34 From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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In article <airliners.1997.8@ohare.Chicago.COM>, jfmezei <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >Niels Sampath wrote: >> Today's (Dec18th) `Flight Int'l' magazine has a decent little article on >> Boeing's efforts to get Delta to launch the 767-400. These efforts >> indicate that the 6m stretched 767 proposal is targeted at the >> A330-200 (which lends credence to the A330-200 size/range class). >> It also means that if Boeing is doing this Delta is not interested in >> any A340 or 777 order after all(?). > >Out of curiosity, are these just speculations from that magazine, of >report from leaks by "an informed source", or based on an official >Boeing statement ? > >If an official Boeing statement, is this designed as a strategy against >Airbus, or reporting actual true blue reality ? > >I tend to disbeleive that such statements would be "official" since >companies involved in negotiations would not really wish to report what >is REALLY happening. I have noticed that Flight International tends to report a lot more order speculations than its US counter-part, AvWeek. However, most of FI's "speculations" have turned out to be true. Some recent ones that I can think of include: 1. Air France's B777 order (nonetheless, FI reported that AF was interested in the B777-300 instead of the B777-200IGW) 2. Sabena's A330-200 order Anyway, I believe Boeing has officially released something on the B767-400ERX, I don't think that's a big secret. Courting Delta is an obvious move. It's interesting that you questioned this report of Delta's potential interest in the B767-400ERX, but I don't remember you doubting reports of Delta's interest in the A330/340. The simple fact is Airbus has had a good year with the A330-200. It makes sense for Boeing to launch the B767-400ERX ASAP. Another fact is Delta need an L-1011 replacement soon. The B767-400ERX certainly makes sense (so does the A330-200, but less so because Delta already owns a big fleet of B767-200/300). I don't think it's a sin to speculate, especially a reasonable speculation. BTW, my educated guess is if Delta does go with the B767-400ERX the order will be supplemented with some B777s for trans-Pacific services, just like AA's Boeing order. If Delta chooses the A330 (most likely the -200), then it will be supplemented with some A340s.