Considering that Boeing already offered an extended folding wing previously, and that the article says nothing about the engine options changing for the 777-X; having to wait 7 years to get the improved variation is ridiculous. They should certainly be able to have this version available by the time the present production waiting list (3.5 years?) slots would become available for delivery. The only way that it should take 7 years is if Boeing were waiting for a new powerplant to come on-stream at the same time as the fuseulage stretch + the wing modifications.
Otherwise, this looks like an excellent & compelling aircraft. I wonder if QF will ever get past the James Strong declaration that Qantas would NEVER buy the 777?
The customer should be notified as soon as the change in aircraft type becomes known to the airline, and the customer should be given the choice of either keeping their existing flight (and given, say, a $50 discount voucher for a future flight), or, the customer should be allowed to re-book onto a different flight on the CORRECT make & model of plane, without penalty, and still get a $50 voucher.
Oh, that was disappointing. I am underwhelmed.
Worse than that, don't these people understand that about the most valuable thing that AA possess it their "brand"? By trashing their existing nice corporate symbals and liveries, they are throwing away billions of dollars worth of their branding. People will relate much less to these new ones than they now do to the traditional ones. Yes, that can change over time but WHY? Why? Why? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
LOL, but when you read on.... you see that "Wanting to board a flight to Nairobi, Kenya, he was stopped by the metal detector and had to undergo a full body search.
That probably took so long that he missed his flight!
I fear being a passenger in an AUTOMOBILE being driven by a septuagenarian, let alone the prospect of sharing aviation airspace with a plane being flown by one.
Of course there are exceptions. I watched Bob Hoover perform a few years ago at an airshow when he was at an advanced age, and he was wonderful. People like him are however the exceptions and are dependant upon them keeping up their flying recency, which becomes more and more necessary with age, yet the opposite often takes place instead, which leads to most unsafe flying by many seniors.
I do not know which plane was at fault with this particular accident, but on "general principles", I have my suspicions.