Date: 25 Nov 96 06:18:49 From: Malcolm Weir <email@example.com> Organization: Adaptive Information Systems -- A Hitachi Company References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1 2 3 4
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H Andrew Chuang wrote (in reply to a post of mine): > >Why? USAir's current route system certainly doesn't justify 777's, and > >even assuming USAir wins big in its ploy of getting London routes, most > >of the arguments in favor of these routes focus on the smaller markets, > >like Charlotte, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (smaller than, say, New > >York!). > > > >For these markets, the 767 and the 757 make a lot of sense, perhaps the > >757-300 would be a better candidate for the sort of airline that USAir > >is? > > > >Or perhaps the A330 or A340, offering some cockpit commonality with the > >A320 class? > > Haven't you just said the B777 is too big for USAir? Then, the same > argument should apply to the A330 or A340. Unless you are talking > about A330-200 and/or A340-200. However, I don't think Airbus has sold > many A340-200s for quite a while. The A330-200 is really competing > with the B767-300ER. Since USAir already has some B767s, the -300ER > makes more sense than the A330-200. Nevertheless, many aircraft > acquisitions by airlines don't make common sense. I sometimes wonder whether anybody ever reads any post in its entirety! 8-) Would Mr. H Andrew Chuang like to take note of the comment "for these markets the 767 and 757 make a lot of sense"? And by his own words, the A330-200 is a competitor of the 767, it is a good possibility based on the cockpit commonality with the short-haul fleet. But you notice the order in which I listed these alternatives? > >The 777 does seem to be just a bit of a status symbol to some people > >(for the airline that has everything)! > > Nonsense! The B777-200 is an ideal replacement for the L-1011 and the > DC-10. The B777-200IGW can do anything that the MD-11 (and the A340) > can do. The B777-300 is an excellent replacement for the > B747-100/200. None of which USAir have in their fleet! I was responding to the person who hoped "USAir would still order some Boeings, perhaps 777s". [ And a minor nit: the B777-200IGW is still a "future" airplane. There are none in service; so, while talking about futures, don't leave out the A340-8000, which has a longer range than the -200IGW. So the suggestion that the -200IGW "can do anything that the A340 can do" is not 100% correct -- although from an airline perspective (esp. USAir), is probably as near as makes no difference! ] Malc.