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Old 01-13-2012, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just read a article that they are getting rid of the A340, no new orders!, seems like yesterday they were all the rage.
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Just read a article that they are getting rid of the A340, no new orders!, seems like yesterday they were all the rage.
Who is getting rid of the A340?
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Who is getting rid of the A340?
Airbus. They are stopping production.
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A Farewell to the Airbus A340 | Airline Reporter | Blogging on the airline business
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This was announced a while back. With the 350,330,32X and 380, they'll be kept very busy.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not really surprising. The 777 (300ER) pretty much killed the A340 and the A330 seems to be doing good enough for Airbus.
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Not really surprising. The 777 (300ER) pretty much killed the A340 and the A330 seems to be doing good enough for Airbus.
You have to wonder how long until the 777 kills the 747 too... ?
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You have to wonder how long until the 777 kills the 747 too... ?
It already has. Airlines are turning to the 777W instead of the -400 or 8.
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It already has. Airlines are turning to the 777W instead of the -400 or 8.
Yes but I meant how long until Boeing closes the 747 line and stops taking orders, like Airbus have done with the A340.
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Yes but I meant how long until Boeing closes the 747 line and stops taking orders, like Airbus have done with the A340.
I really can't see Boeing closing 747 production. Even if the 777W takes over all of the passenger market for the 747, there will still be cargo demand. And unless Boeing makes a 777W freighter, the 747 will continue on for quite awhile.
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I really can't see Boeing closing 747 production. Even if the 777W takes over all of the passenger market for the 747, there will still be cargo demand. And unless Boeing makes a 777W freighter, the 747 will continue on for quite awhile.
Absolutely and the 747 freighter is a unique and distinct piece of equipment in relation to it's passenger carrying sibling. So I suppose what I'm getting at is when will the 77W cause Boeing to close down the 748i ?
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So I suppose what I'm getting at is when will the 77W cause Boeing to close down the 748i ?
Well, only 3 airlines have ordered the 8i, so I think that it already started. Boeing really shot themselves in the foot there.
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Well, only 3 airlines have ordered the 8i, so I think that it already started. Boeing really shot themselves in the foot there.
As much as it pains me to say it, I think we've seen the slow decline begin of the 747 as a passenger carrying entity. That and the A340 will still be in our skies for many moons to come, but without sufficient orders coming through the new plane could soon be a dead dodo.
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As much as it pains me to say it, I think we've seen the slow decline begin of the 747 as a passenger carrying entity.
But the thing did have a pretty good run (and its not even out of service yet). The basic airframe has been in service since 1970.
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But the thing did have a pretty good run (and its not even out of service yet). The basic airframe has been in service since 1970.
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As much as it pains me to say it, I think we've seen the slow decline begin of the 747 as a passenger carrying entity. That and the A340 will still be in our skies for many moons to come, but without sufficient orders coming through the new plane could soon be a dead dodo.
Reminds me a bit of the B767-400ER.. Boeing tried to answer the successful A332s way too late with a stretched B767 with blended winglets.. Only 37 units were built, though the B767 program is a huge success with more than 1000 deliveries, the last generation was a flop!
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