Thursday, May 30, 2013

-10 Has A Launch Customer For The Paris Air Show

Many may say, having an order for 30 for the  787-10 30, coming in from SIA, is a grand thing for a launch customer. However, if you are going the Paris dance, its like taking your 1st cousin to that dance, since SIA also asked Airbus along too, tagging along with 30 more A350-9's. So with a bucket of cold water on hand, Boeing receives a shot, by not having an exclusive order with SIA, but instead a split order. They must share the glamor and ceremony with Airbus when announcing the 787-10 launch customer. Maybe SIA is not the official 787-10 launch customer? Even though Boeing stockholders like the order news. John Leahy's voice could be heard as the premier airplane heckler is sticking on Boeing like a cheap suit that was once used in a B movie from the 1940's.  To further add on to this comparison insult, it is noted that the A 350-9 will be used on SIA's long stretch routes and the 787-10 will be used on medium range routes for SIA.  We know the 787-8,-9 are premium candidates for long routes and -10 is particularly designed for under 6,500 mile journeys.  Is it an insult to any aviation sense, if comparing the 787-10 with the Airbus A350-9 in SIA's case, a valid comparison, or any other press report for that matter! Not if you are waiting for the Princess of the dance to arrive.  The "Queen of The Skies" proudly looks on to her own Princess, the 777-X.

The 787-9 Specification Chart:

Travel Range -
8,500.00 Nautical Miles
15,742 Kilometer

Seating Chart
/ Seats -
1-Class 290, 2-Class- 250

Price: Current cost $ 243.6 million USA *
Engine -
2 X Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Power -
70,000.00 lbf
Avionics -
Rockwell Collins next generation avionics
Maximum Cruising Speed -
944.66 km per hr     587.00 mph
Service Ceiling -
13,106.40 metres     43,000.00 feets
Rate of Climb -
N/A     N/A
Numbers Ordered/Sold -
208
Cabin Height -
2.50 metres     8.20 feets
Cabin Width -
5.49 metres     18.01 feets
Cabin Length -
56.00 metres     183.72 feets
Exterior Length -
63.00 metres     206.69 feets
Wingspan / Rotor Diameter -
63.00 metres     206.69 feets
Fuselage Diameter -
5.75 metres     18.86 feets
Baggage Volume -
152.90 cubic metre     5,399.62 cubic feet
Maximum Take Off Weight -
244,944.00 kgs     540,000.00 lbs
Maximum Payload -
63,957.60 kgs     141,000.00 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity -
36,693.00 gallon     138,897.68 litres
Fuel Economy -

0.10 km per litre0.23 NM per gallon
Minimum Take Off Distance -
1,519.73 metres4,986.00 feets
Minimum Landing Distance -
911.96 metres2,992.00 feets
Buying the Airbus A350 for long stretch routes instead of the Boeing 787-9 Charts as follows

Travel Range -
15,000.00 Kilometer
8,100 Nautical Miles

Seating
1 class 366, 2 classes 314

Current Cost: Current price US $ 287.7 million *

Maximum Take Off Weight -
265,004.46 kgs     584,225.00 lbs
Maximum Payload -
43,499.79 kgs     95,899.00 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity -
39,630.00 gallon     150,000.00 litres
Fuel Economy -
0.10 km per litre0.24 NM per gallon
Minimum Take Off Distance -
2,438.40 metres8,000.00 feets
Minimum Landing Distance -
1,219.20 metres4,000.00 feets
Engine -
2 X Rolls Royce Trent XWB
Power -
87,000.00 lbf
Avionics -
Thales Avionics Suite
Maximum Cruising Speed -
903.00 km per hr     561.12 mph
Service Ceiling -
13,106.40 metres     43,000.00 feets
Rate of Climb -
914.40 mpm     3,000.00 fpm
Numbers Ordered/Sold -
181
Cabin Height -
2.20 metres     7.22 feets
Cabin Width -
5.40 metres     17.72 feets
Cabin Length -
52.00 metres     170.60 feets
Exterior Length -
66.90 metres     219.49 feets
Wingspan / Rotor Diameter -
64.00 metres     209.97 feets
Fuselage Diameter -
5.64 metres     18.50 feets
Baggage Volume -
147.20 cubic metre     5,198.32 cubic feet
What's all the fuss with 777X can be seen easily with the A350 numbers, which will be exceeded by both the 777-8X and -9X. They will exceed the A350 completely and compliment the 787-9 and -10 allowing customer to explore markets and evolve without having excessive capacities go unused for those types of customer markets. 

SIA recognizes this specifically, with its medium range markets. If they added a 787-9 order for long range routes it would not fully utilize route capacity that the A350-9 would. Plus the waiting list is long on the 787-9 as well as the A350-9, but an Airbus order now solves the lack of not having a defined 777-9X even announced, so they opted for the Airbus A350-9 that is frozen in design and being built. SIA knows it will take time to deliver the A-350-9’s, as it has not even flown yet. But the 777-X on the drawing boards would not be that far behind. 

Boeing is chomping at the bit to launch this year. When that happens, then the customer puzzle will have solutions, for customer consideration in 2014 sales cycle, otherwise SIA could have made an all Airbus order at this time. This split order signals an additional waiting period for Boeing to introduce the 777X, with specs and ranges and customer configurations. 2014 may validate SIA’s strategy for Boeing’s line of aircraft. They (SIA) may have actually held back on this current order, leaving room for the future. SIA is still talking with Boeing and that is not necessarily "787 talk". This time opportunity, given Boeing, allows for its 777X unannounced program more progression towards maturity, even though SIA committed $17 billion USD today. The A-350’s order will fill an immediate equipment inventory pacing for future SIA's near term market strategy, This window of time requires the A350 testing to go as planned for Airbus during this critical development stage, does not allow for risks evolving during A350 next step. However, Boeing shadows these types of orders with the 777X.

The 777-300ER 2004 Specifications (Not the 777-X, Which Promises More enhanced advantages which would neutralize Airbus A350 marketing in-roads into Boeing, and keep it centered on its most loyal Airbus customers in the future orders).


Travel Range -

14,685.00 Kilometer
7,930 Nautical Miles



Seating Chart

/ Seats - 1 class -550, 2 class -451, 3 class-365 


Price: Current Cost $ 315 million USA * 
Engine -
2 X General Electric GE90-115B
Power -
115,000.00 lbf
Avionics -
Honeywell Avionics
Maximum Cruising Speed -
944.66 km per hr     587.00 mph
Service Ceiling -
13,136.88 metres     43,100.00 feets
Rate of Climb -
914.40 mpm     3,000.00 fpm
Numbers Ordered/Sold -
479
Cabin Height -
2.20 metres     7.22 feets
Cabin Width -
5.86 metres     19.23 feets
Cabin Length -
59.24 metres     194.35 feets
Exterior Length -
73.90 metres     242.45 feets
Wingspan / Rotor Diameter -
64.80 metres     212.60 feets
Fuselage Diameter -
6.19 metres     20.31 feets
Baggage Volume -
200.00 cubic metre     7,062.94 cubic feet
Maximum Take Off Weight -
351,540.00 kgs     775,000.00 lbs
Maximum Payload -
66,770.00 kgs     147,201.14 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity -
47,890.00 gallon     181,282.81 litres
Fuel Economy -
0.07 km per litre0.16 NM per gallon
Minimum Take Off Distance -
3,200.40 metres10,500.00 feets
Minimum Landing Distance -
2,133.60 metres7,000.00 feets

The Princess and her court will announce soon.