INDIA AVIATION: Boeing foresees 777X trouncing A350-1000 in Asia

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Following Cathay Pacific’s order for 21 Boeing 777-9X aircraft in late 2013, Boeing sees major opportunities for the developmental type across Asia Pacific.

Speaking with Flightglobal at the Boeing chalet during last week’s India Aviation show in Hyderabad, the company’s vice president of Asia-Pacific and India sales, Dinesh Keskar, says the 777X largely supersedes the A350-1000.

He maintains that the 777X will pose the same competitive threat to the A350-1000 as the 777-300ER posed to the A340.

“The 777X has more seats and better economics,” says Keskar. “I’d compare its arrival to the 777-300ER, which came out after the A340 was launched. Basically A340s disappeared from the sky. We came later, but we have a better airplane with more seats and lower fuel burn per seat, we’ll probably do well in the market place.”

He adds current operators of the 777-300ER are the best prospects for the 777X.

“Anyone who has 777-300ERs is a potential customer for the X. This goes from Jet Airways and Air India all the way to Air New Zealand.”

According to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database, there are 187 777-300ERs in service with Asia Pacific carriers, with 85 additional aircraft on firm order.

Asia Pacific operators also have firm orders for 49 A350-1000s. Asiana Airlines has 10 on order, Cathay 26, and Japan Airlines 13. The only Asia Pacific carrier to order the 777X so far is Cathay.