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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:53 PM   #881
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Still no facelift for 777x? Hufftt..
Who cares? They are not worried about an face lift right now. They are more concerned about improving the economics of the plane and listening to what customers want improved on the plane. Congrats to all the parties involved with this major milestone.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 04:12 PM   #882
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QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES THE PURCHASE OF 50 BOEING 777-9X

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Airline Officially Confirms The Purchase of Latest Boeing 777 Family Of Aircraft
Panel Announcement On Day One Underscores The Start Of A Colossal 2013 Dubai Air Show

17 Nov 2013
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – During a panel announcement on Day 1 of the 2013 Dubai Air Show, a joint panel announcement between the Boeing Company and aircraft engine manufacturer GE, officially announced to the world the backing of the latest family member of the Boeing 777 aircraft – the Boeing 777X.

Qatar Airways formally announced its signature of a Letter of Intent to order 50 of the Boeing 777-9X variant.

Until today, the airline had no orders for the 777X to join its fleet.

In attendance at the announcement were: His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed-Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group; His Excellency Ali Shereef Al-Emadi, Qatar’s Minister of Finance and the Chairman of Qatar Airways; Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker; President of Emirates Airline, Tim Clark; Boeing Chairman, President and CEO President, Jim McNerney; and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation, David Joyce.

Currently Qatar Airways fleet is a mixture of various aircraft types, including 51 Boeing 777s – both Extended Range, Long Range and Freighters (37 are currently in service with the remaining pending delivery).
Addressing media at a press conference at Al Maktoum international airport, the recently opened and new venue of the Dubai Air Show, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said:

“Today, I represent Qatar Airways and its Board Members in signing a ‘Letter Of Intent’ for the purchase of 50 Boeing 777 - 9X aircraft, valued at US$ 19 billion at list prices”

“For Qatar Airways, the Boeing 777 is our flagship aircraft. It has been the backbone of the fleet. Operational on many of the routes Qatar Airways flies to, it is well admired by our crew and passengers alike; it is simply a fantastic aeroplane.”

“Since Qatar Airways started taking deliveries of Boeing 777s in November 2007, our fleet has been significantly enhanced, enabling the airline to reach a route map covering the entire Middle East and most of Africa; the Indian sub-continent, Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America.”

“The Boeing 777 fits into the airline’s strategic growth plan and that is, to offer an extensive route map with optimal connectivity and ultimately – to be the airline of choice for customers, whether it is for long-haul, short-haul, business and / or leisure travel.”

Of the current 777 fleet, Qatar Airways operates a mix of passenger and cargo aircraft – 23 Boeing 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LRs (Long Range) and five Boeing 777 freighters.

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said: “Boeing is very proud to have Qatar Airways amongst the launch customers for the new 777X program. Qatar Airways has enjoyed remarkable worldwide growth in recent years and we very much look forward to continuing to support the airline on its path to further success in the future.”

This year marks the 13th edition of the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 17 – 21 November and is taking place at the newly-opened Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), located in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

Up to 150 aircraft will be on static display, featuring over 1,000 exhibitors. The 2011 edition of the show attracted over 55,000 visitors from around the world, with this year’s numbers expected to far surpass that.

http://www.qatarairways.com/english_...7-boeing-order
http://www.newairplane.com/777x/cust...qatar-airways/
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Old November 17th, 2013, 06:17 PM   #883
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It'll be interesting to see if any US-based airline has expressed interest in the 777-9X.

My guess is that both Delta and United are interested, but won't get the planes until later. The 779 in Delta and Unite service will likely replace the 747-400's.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #884
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United Airlines placed an order for the A350-1000 to replace the B744.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #885
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It'll be interesting to see if any US-based airline has expressed interest in the 777-9X.

My guess is that both Delta and United are interested, but won't get the planes until later. The 779 in Delta and Unite service will likely replace the 747-400's.
Maybe American in the next couple of years once they figure out how to use all the current aircraft on order and the ones they are getting from US Airways through the merger. Delta would be a good guess but they probably wont be for a couple of years too. United will go with Airbus to replace their 747s and possibly their current 777s. Who knows we have seen crazier things when it comes to ordering aircraft. Other airlines in N/S. America could express interest. Maybe Air Canada, but they are currently taking delivery of their 773s that they have on order. I could see Aero Mexico opening new routes that they don't serve but they have the 787 on order/delivery. Avanica will stick with Airbus for long haul. LAN is probably not going to happen soon due to the 787 mess. They will probably end up waiting to see the 777X or any other planes from Boeing in action before putting down money for new Boeing planes. TAM will be influenced by LAN due to the merger/takeover. Maybe in a couple of years will see an order but time will tell.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #886
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Delta could be the most likely candidate as a North American customer for the 777-9. They got a good number of 747s to replace, and the EIS of the 777X is right about the time when Delta might want to replace them. They also have the 777 already in their fleet, that's always a pro. And even though it's a new type it's still another version of a plane that has already proven itself.

But with Delta having their own unique fleet strategy it's always a guess, it's also likely that will simply find the plane to expensive and buy some of the last 777-300ER production slots at a significant discount. Or go Airbus of course, even though the A350-1000 will also be expensive and will still be a young type. They are not in a hurry to order though, they got time.

American even after the take over by US Airways might also be a candidate, but only as a 777-300ER replacement in the very long time future.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #887
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HL7715 at London Heathrow - July 18th 2013

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Old November 18th, 2013, 01:46 AM   #888
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I forgot about United's A350XWB-1000 order.

But I do agree that Delta will be a candidate to buy the 777-9 to replace their now-aging 747-400 fleet inherited from Northwest, since they are among the oldest 747-400's in airline service. Because Delta has a substantial presence in eastern Asia because of its Northwest connection, I can see the airline buy as many as 20 to 25 planes some years from now.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 02:02 AM   #889
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Old November 18th, 2013, 06:37 AM   #890
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The 787 has revolutionized the entire boeing fleet. The 777X and the 747-8i gets the 787 carbon fiber wings and engines. (Im sure there is more )
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Old November 18th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #891
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It is interesting that the GE engines that will be used for Boeing 777X will have narrower diameter. I wonder what is the benefit of narrower diameter when compared to bigger ones?
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Old November 18th, 2013, 09:30 AM   #892
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It's all about thrust.

Making the engine bigger is the best way to efficiently increase the thrust. But the 777X engines will have a lower thrust rating then the current 777 engines, therefor the engines can be a bit smaller. The lower thrust means a lower fuel consumption, but also less performance in terms of take-off weight and range. And here the larger wings come into play, that's the main reason why the thrust can be lower on the 777X. The extra length of the wings give the plane enough extra lift which compensates the reduction of thrust in terms of performance. Add to this more then 10 years of engine innovation, making them simply more efficient. Therefor the range and the maximum take-off weight can be increased on the 777X while the engines can be smaller.
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My opinion about Boeing 777X:

Boeing finally installing foldable wingtip on Boeing 777. Just for a note, Boeing did initially plan to install the foldable wingtip system in the existing Boeing 777, but for some reason omitted this feature.

And it seemed the Boeing's quest for longer range continued on this aircraft. It seemed that this aircraft will make the likes of Airbus A340-500 or Boeing 777-200LR obsolete.
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Boeing 777X: The Longest Wingspan Boeing has ever Produced ....
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Boeing has posted a list of the orders and commitments from the Dubai Airshow. Only the Etihad order turned out to be a firm order, the Emirates and Qatar orders are commitments for now.

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/Boeing-L...-Dubai-Airshow




We have to wait until tomorrow to see if the Lufthansa order is firmed up together with the official launch.
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I wonder if Lufthansa will stay away and let this airshow be all Middle East airlines shopping spree.
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