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JAL Moves Away From Flagship Boeing 777s In Favor Of Airbus A350sThe fleet of Japan Airlines (JAL) is set to undergo an interesting transformation in the coming years. While the Japanese flag carrier currently considers the Boeing 777 to be its flagship aircraft, it will shift its focus toward the Airbus A350 by the middle of the decade. It stands to benefit from increased fuel efficiency as a result of this change. (simpleflying.com) More...
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Most Europeans started to think about fuel efficiency in the early seventies after the first Opec crisis while in the US fuel is still cheap compared to the rest of the world. They lost huge part of their car industry to the Japanese because of that and probably now part of their aviation industry. With the 220, 321 and now the 350, Airbus is ahead of them.
Yeah, and we're still buying huge pickup trucks for commuting and trips to grocery store as gasoline prices surge past $4/gallon. (note to Europeans: $4/gallon = €0.87/Liter is expensive here!) I swear, 99% of the pickup trucks I see around here are being used as family cars. "All truck and no tools" as I like to say.
Your gallon is 3.78 liter, I'm in Asia right now but I think in Europe you pay close to 7 $ a gallon at the moment. In the country I live, we are closer to your fuel prices and guess, it is the second country after the US regarding the number of pick-up trucks sold every year. In GA and Light sport look at the difference in fuel consumption between a Rotax and a Lycoming or continental engine. Would not be surprised the Eu will find a way to block the use of them in the future.
Having flown oth models several times, I prefer the Airbus, if the fuel efficiency is 25% better, it is no brained where the airlines should go. Boeing better wake up and mo e production back to Everet, stop buying back its own stock and invest intechnokogy before it is check mate on the commercial airline business
lol - you know they are still ramping DOWN production in Everet, right?
good move on their part. and I say that as a long time 777 lover. always happy to fly one. but last year i did a 77 and a 350 back to back - and for as much as I dislike the A320 - the A350 is one fantastic ride. A serious step up from the 777.