16 October 2013

Comments on the JAL order. Between the huge win of Airbus and the heartbreak for Boeing.

“This is seriously bad for Boeing. They need to do a little soul searching,” said Richard Aboulafia, airline analyst with Teal Group. “The 787 problems inevitably led to doubts about execution, resources and time. It’s the price to be paid for passivity, by not launching the 777X one year ago,” said Aboulafia.

"This is a huge win for Airbus and a big loss for Boeing," said aerospace analyst Scott Hamilton, managing director of Seattle-based Leeham Co.

"Airbus has been trying to break the wide-body monopoly of Boeing for decades and likewise Boeing has been wanting to keep Airbus out of JAL and ANA."

"It's a heartbreak," Kostya Zolotusky, managing director of Boeing Capital Corp. "We recognise that we made it very challenging for them in introducing 787 and will work to correct that," he said.

“Airbus won the JAL order on its own merits, but only after the airline's confidence in Boeing took such a knock that they had to look objectively at all options” is stated on the Airliners forum.

“I still believe that Japan Airlines ordered the A350 because it was the better plane and, more importantly, because Airbus spent years in a carefully-orchestrated mission to convince Japan Airlines management that it was the better plane. Even if the 787 had executed far better than it did in both development and deployment, I believe Airbus' concerted effort would have won them the deal” summarized another comment on Airliners.

"With this order, it gives us more momentum to look for potential joint R&D efforts for the future generation of aircraft," Fabrice Bregier Airbus CEO told a news conference in Tokyo with JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki.

Ambassadors from Britain, Germany and France and the European Union representative in Japan attended the briefing, each with national flags displayed before of them.

Based on the article “Airbus clinches landmark jet order with Japan Airlines” published in Reuters

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