Wednesday, October 23, 2013

777X program gaining significant ground as Boeing continues to eye launch later this year

During the 3rd quarter earning conference call, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney reiterated Boeing's intention to launch the 777-8 and 777-9 later this year.

Current market expectations has Boeing's Board giving its formal blessing later this month (October) with the formal announcement coming at the Dubai Air Show which is scheduled to take place from November 17 to November 21st.

It is fully expected that Emirates, Qatar and Ethiad (the later is expected to increase its 787 order).  Now according to Saj Ahmad, it is also expected the Cathay Pacific could place a significant 777X order either before or at the air show which may also be firmed at the show. Here's how I think 777X orders could shape up in the next month:

Lufthansa - 34 (already announced)
Cathay Pacific - 40 according to Saj Ahmad
Etihad - 30 plus another 30 787-9s
Qatar - 50 according to Saj
Emirates - 100 - 150


1coolguy1 said...

Question: For those planes LN 10-28 are there problems with these that are common to most of them?
Are there a few significant repairs that are similar to each? If so, what are they?

TravelingMan said...

Still don't understand why Boeing doesn't go with more composites on the 777 to save fuel. Presumably it's because it would require a lot of redesign work and they don't want to take the time for it, the delay being costly. But with the 787-9 coming out next year you'd think this would be a good time to make such a change, since that plane can take some of the 777's workload in the meantime.

Uresh said...

Cost and schedule. You'd have to have to go through a whole certification program. Essentially you'd have a whole new airplane. That takes a lot of time and a lot of money.

larmeyers said...

This is just for fun... forgive me for being off topic...

How do you fly south (in a DreamLiner, of course) and fly over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans on the same flight?

Kinda cool.

1coolguy1 said...

larmeyers: VERY clever!!! Good one!