From: email@example.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) Organization: The Boeing Company Date: 28 Jul 95 02:53:21 References: 1 2 3 4
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In article <airliners.1995.1065@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Tim Takahashi <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >In article <airliners.1995.1060@ohare.Chicago.COM>, >Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote: >>>As I recall it, Boeing wanted a smaller seat count 757 in its original >>>proposals. > >>John Nance, in The Sport Game, claims this was a major error by Boeing >>since the 727-200 had a market to itself in the 150-seat class, and >>the smaller 757 would have been the logical replacement. The 757 as It was _The Sporty Game_, and it was written by John Newhouse. >The "smaller" 757 would be the never produced 757-100, but then again >the 737-400 must have been fairly far along in design at this point. >The last 737-400 I was on had a mixed layout for 140. Nope. The 757 was under development in the late 1970s, and the 737-400 program didn't launch until around 1984 or 1985. Your memory of the size is correct. >I take it that the per-seat operating costs of the 737-400 are >sufficiently below a 757-100 to make the construction of the latter >unprofitable. Alaska Airlines claims the 737-400 is the most >efficient airliner per passenger mile, any truth? The 737-400s Direct Operating Costs per seat are very low. But only for the single-aisle, short-haul markets. The 757 bridges the gap between the single-aisle airplanes and the twin aisle airplanes. That is, the 757's design is for a different market segment, and it is not as suitable for the short-haul, austere airport environment as the 737. Really, how much demand can their be for a 5,000 nmi 185 seat airplane? After all, the A321 has about that capacity, though nothing like that kind of range, and it hasn't exactly been selling like hotcakes. :-) The lowest cost per seat mile is generated by the 747-400, if we limit the discussion to current production aircraft. The 777-300X will hold that title when it enters production at the end of the decade. An Airbus marketing person's mileage may vary. :-) -- Terry email@example.com "Anyone who thinks they can hold the company responsible for what I say has more lawyers than sense."