B777 speculation

From:         chuanga@iia2.org (H Andrew Chuang)
Organization: International Internet Association.
Date:         01 Jun 95 05:00:56 
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Since the delivery of the first B777 to United, officials from Boeing
have been talking about future derivatives of the B777: a stretched
B777 (B777-300X), an 8,000-nautical-mile shortened B777 (B777-100X), and
the B-plus market B777.

Last year, it was reported that a few airlines had been pushing Boeing to
launch the stretched B777, but Boeing said that they were not ready.  Now,
Boeing say they are ready to launch the stretched B777 and put it into
service in 1998.

The shortened B777 with a range of 8,000 nm will be directly competing
with the proposed A340-8000, an ultra-long-range A340 with the A340-200
fuselage.  It will be interesting to see which one will be the eventual
winner if both planes are launched.  However, I would infer from the news
that the B767ERY will never be launched if the B777-100 materializes.
IMHO, the proposed B777-100/200/300 will be a much versatile family than
the A330/340 family.

I'm speculating that the stretched B777 could be launched during next
month's Paris Air Show.  There should be some significant B777 and/or
A330/340 orders during the air show.  Airlines which have been mentioned
in recent aritcles as possible B777 or A330/340 customers are:

Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways, Air-India, Singapore Airlines,
Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines (Taiwan), Air China, Egypt Air, Saudia,
and most recently Delta and American.  (The two American carriers seem to
be interested in the shortened, long-range B777.  One of the routes
mentioned for the B777-100X was Dallas-Tokyo.  Isn't is obvious which
airline is Boeing's top target for the -100X?)

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  H Andrew Chuang   chuanga@iia2.org