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Podcast: Are Backlogs Safe From Middle East Airline Woes?

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on May 1, 2017

Americans just can't get over the A380. Yes, it's the BIGGEST airliner in the world!

on May 1, 2017

And just as cramped as every other airliner - the difference being fifty more screaming children

on May 1, 2017

No, in economy class, the A380 is far less cramped than any 10-abreast 777 or 9-abreast 787 and several other widebody types.

on May 2, 2017

Absolutely correct, Viscount724.

What follows is NOT to be construed as an odious comparison. It is a mere fact, no more, no less.

Also, it is wise to note that Lufthansa is keeping its RR-Trent-powered A380-800's, and is returning -- far ahead of schedule -- its GEnx-powered B747-8I's, and cancelling all its 20 options.

Best to keep to the question of the topic : "Are Backlogs safe ... etc.".

One obvious answer is, "Yes, ... unless President TRUMP & his team take more decisions impacting, or likely to impact air-travel between Middle East / Gulf States, and USA".

Of course, Airbus is NOT the only airframer having taken orders from those players, and other around the world, that could suffer from the knock-on effects.

on May 2, 2017

By the way, .... don't forget the engine-makers' order back-logs.

GE & RR have big numbers at stake (in volumes and monetary amounts).

on May 1, 2017

Please, by all means, keep the title as probably the BIGGEST boondoggle in commercial aviation history with a utterly ludicrous lack of ROI. It's a monument to crass EU (read: French) aspirations that even Le Pen would call a waste of money. Remember, money talks and b.s. walks, and I'm talking to you, John Leahy fan club members. In spite of his silly utterances to the contrary, there is most definitely an airliner order bubble, and the A380 program will be its most prominent and avoidable casualty.

on May 2, 2017

Will you please tell us when B787, despite its fully-recognised (WTO), massive subsidies, mainly via tax sweeteners, will actually make a positive ROI ?

Airbus A380 is not into US$ tens of billions of deferred-cost carry-forward.

on May 1, 2017

I'm over it.

on May 1, 2017

Lots of cracked ribs and over capacity? Only those airlines with heavily subsidized fuel cost will operate. Give me a B777-300ER anytime.

on May 1, 2017

Been watching this since the early sixties. Can be summed up in two words: NIH, PROTECTIONISM.

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