Re: Delta Air Lines fleet renewal

Date:         04 Jun 97 01:45:40 
From:         jsw@isise.rl.ac.uk (John Wright)
Organization: ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
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On 23 May 97 09:03:32 , in <airliners.1997.1175@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Karl
Swartz wrote:
>>> One of the issues affecting the 727 is that there was no natural
>>> successor to the aircraft until the 737-800 came along, at least from
>>> a US manufacturer.
>
>>Gee, I seem to remember that being the main selling point of the 757
>>back in '82 and '83...
>
>Delta's usual mainline configuration has 149 seats on a 727-200, while
>their 757s have 182 seats.  While the 757 started off as a replacement
>for the 727, 33 more seats puts it in a significantly different market
>niche.  The fact that Boeing, under pressure from launch customer
>British Airways, arguably made the 757 too big left the opening for
>Airbus to produce the A320 and make it the success in the market which
>it has become.

That makes a big change from the days when BEA were criticised for
asking Trident to be made smaller, which somewhat dented its market.
--
John Wright