B777 range

Date:         12 Dec 96 03:49:22 
From:         Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang)
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>From one of the newswire services, it's reported that starting in 1998,
the range of the B777-200IGW will be boosted from 7,200 nm to 7,500 nm,
thus, claiming the long-haul champion from the A340 (which has a range
of 7,400 nm).  Air France will be the first airline to receive the
new version of the IGW model.  It is also reported that by the year
2000, the ultra-long-range B777-200 (a.k.a. C-market B777 or B777-200X)
with a range of 8,500 nm will be ready for service.  Two possible routes
for the ultra-long-range aircraft mentioned in the report were
Dallas-Hong Kong and Singapore-Los Angeles.  I guess it's fairly
obviously which two airlines are most interested in the aircraft.
(However, based on other reports, it seems to me that Singapore Airlines
was more interested in the B777-100X.)

In addition to the plans for the -200, Boeing intends to increase the
range of the -300 to 5,700 nm.  I have always wondered if the B747-500X
is launched, will Boeing close down the B747-400 line and offer a
7,000nm B777-300 instead?

It appears the B777-100X is dead.  My guess is the operating cost of
the -100X is probably not very attractive.  In the same report, the
streched B767-400ERX (yes, they used the ERX designation in the report)
was mentioned.  The proposed plane would carry 250 passengers in
three classes and would compete directly with the A330-200.