From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services Date: 03 Sep 96 01:16:51 References: 1 2 3 4
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In article <airliners.1996.1696@ohare.Chicago.COM>, M Carling <email@example.com> wrote: >Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) wrote: >> Will Boeing also launch the B757-200X and/or -300X at Farnborough? > >It is my understanding that only charters are interested in a B757-300X, and >that not enough would be ordered to justify the required R&D. The B757-300X is very likely to be launched. It should be a cheap derivative. > >> Last year, airlines seemed to be very interested in the B777-100X. >> Now, it seems airlines are not too keen on this plane. > >BA and Qantas would love to fly SYD-LHR nonstop, and the B747-500X appears to >have insufficient range to do so with a full payload. Perhaps a 777-100X >could be built to fly the 10500mi between Sydney and London. I think the 777-100X will not be able to fly between SYD and LHR non-stop, at least not year-round. > >> Even Airbus >> can no longer keep Air Canada interested in the A340-8000. Thus, I >> think the B777-100X and the A340-8000 are unlikely to take off any >> time soon. Nevertheless, Boeing may need either the B777-100X and/ >> or the B767-400X to fill the gap between the B767-300 and the >> B777-200. > >Boeing decided to build the B777 because airlines rejected every Boeing >proposal for a B767-400X. If Boeing builds a plane larger than the B767-300 >and smaller than the B777-200, it will be the B777-100X. > IMHO, Boeing needs a plane to compete with the A330-200. The B777-100X may be acceptable for long-range operation. However, on short-to-medium haul, I doubt it can be as cost effective as the A330-200 (although, a B777-100X Lite had been mentioned before). >> Is the ultra-long-range B777-200X imminent? > >A B777-200X with greater range than the B777-200IGW any time soon? I doubt >it. > By 2000, it's definitely possible. Furthermore, both competitors are proposing new models (the A340-500 and the MD-XXLR) to compete in the same market segment. The B777-200X should be the first to go into service, if it's launched.