Dec. 13, 2017: Jon Ostrower of CNN is reporting Delta Air Lines will order 100 Airbus A321neos and option 100 more, to be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.
If correct, this will be a snub to Boeing and the 737-10 MAX.
It also means the Boeing trade complaint against the Delta-Bombardier CSeries deal will continue.
The Delta board meets today to decide. Stay tuned.
Stay tuned for more hoopla from the buy-American crowd.
There have already been many “boycott Delta” posts on social media and other forums from vocal opponents of the deal.
I’m sure we’ll hear from the Tweeter in Chief sooner or later.
Hopefully latter. Much much latter.
I’m thinking he is more preoccupied with Alabama at the Moment.
Happy to hear this. Airline standing against the bully. We as Americans will have much more to lose if Europeans start boycotting euro airlines that purchase Boeing palnes.
Personally, I find this boycotting campaign idiotic. Let the best business deal win. Boeing could have won if they presented the right deal. Obviously they did not. Business is business.
Here is a serious question. I just wonder why all the U.S. airlines go AB with the exception of AS and WN. In Europe I understand it, it’s the governments who support it. But for the U.S. carriers is this airplane really the best product available, is it the cheapest, or is it just hate towards Boeing that creates all these orders?
WN has been an exclusive Boeing customer since inception. One fleet type provides simplicity for training, maintenance, operations, etc. (Never mind that the 737NG was very different from the 737 Classic and the MAX is very different from the NG, but that’s the story and they are sticking to it.) Ryanair followed the WN model.
At Alaska, it operated a mixed fleet of MD80s and 737s and standardized on 737s. The savings of a single fleet type were considerable. Up to this point, there has been no reason for AS to consider otherwise. Now that it’s seeing operations from Airbus in the Virgin America fleet, AS is finding some real economic advantages with the A321neo. The A320 leases run for up to seven years and the 321 leases were committed by VA for 12 years. Even after the airlines combine into one certificate and are painted AS colors, I expect the 320s to be around to at least 2024 (seven years) and the 321s for 12.
AS is evaluating the 321s vis-a-vis the MAX 9 and potentially the MAX 10. Do not assume that AS will abandon the 321s for either. This decision is still under study.
When I fly I generally find the Airbus product a tad quieter and appreciate a little more width in seats. Not dramatic but where I live means a lot of 13 hour flights. Of course the 9 abreast 777 is simply brilliant for a passenger, but sadly they are mostly gone now.
All being equal why nor provide a little more comfort? Even on short/medium haul.
Selling to “Government supported Euro fleets” is in no way sufficient to reachl 50% of global market share.
IMU you have inverted the mechanism.
There is much more “Freedom Fries” mentality in the US than elsewhere in the world. Boeing’s former dominance was grown in a vacuum and from foreign seeds.