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ANA and Lufthansa mull splitting orders for new planes

September 20, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Japanese airline ANA and German giant Lufthansa are among airlines considering splitting orders between the world’s two major planemakers, Boeing and Airbus, when ordering new fleet.

ANA is about to choose between the Airbus A350 and Boeing’s coming 777X when it places an order for as many as 30 widebody jets. It may order them both – and delivery delays and battery 250x250problems affecting Boeing’s B787 Dreamliner may swing the Japanese carrier towards Airbus.

Boeing holds a market share of over 80% in Japan so any decision by Japanese carriers to diversify fleet supply would be of concern.

News agency Bloomberg quoted ANA president, Shinichiro Ito, saying that aircraft development used to run to schedule, historically, “but lately there have been delays”.

Perhaps ominously for Boeing, he added: “Possible delays is something we will consider.”

ANA is looking to replace its ageing long-haul Boeing 777 fleet with the new planes in years to come.

Meanwhile, reports from Europe indicate that Lufthansa may split its order between Boeing and Airbus when it moves to secure 50 aircraft to carry about 400 passengers each. It may order 25 Airbus A350-900s and 25 Boeing 777X series jets.

The moves seem likely to add to a trend among major airlines to split orders between the world’s two big plane suppliers. Splitting orders gives airlines more purchasing leverage and pushes the planemakers to price their aircraft keenly. Airlines can vary the percentage of the split according to the best deal, or even move to place the entire order in the hands of one supplier if the offer is sweet enough.

Written by : Peter Needham

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