ΠΑΡΑ πολυύ ενδιαφέρον άρθρο σχετικά με το μέλλον του 777 με δηλώσεις του Tim Clark, προέδρου του μεγαλύτερου τωρινού - και μελλοντικού - πελάτη, Emirates:http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/b ... ark01.html
To fly his ultralong range, high-capacity routes, Clark plans to simplify his fleet to just three wide-body types — in order of increasing size, the Airbus A350, the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380.
"Clark said his advice to Boeing is to develop a new family of twin-jets larger than the largest Dreamliner. He recommends the base size be that of the 777-300ER, and that Boeing develop a shrunk version and a stretch version that will offer him options at roughly 300 seats, 350 seats and 400 seats."
"I say to the guys, 'Listen, if we order $60 billion worth, don't worry about spending $15 billion to $20 billion on a new airframe (and) engine,' ." Clark said. "If you get it right, that line will last you 30 years."
Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney pointed out that Emirates' requirements are heavily skewed toward bigger airplanes, and its needs often differ from other airlines'.
"I'm pleased to hear his comments on the A350," said McNerney in an interview at Farnborough. "But there are those who don't have as long and thick routes as he does who see the A350-1000 in a more competitive light" against the 777.
"We are listening to (Clark). But we'll have to make the final decision on 777 in light of the entire market," McNerney said. "Satisfying Emirates, I am sure, is going to be part of that decision."