Re: Boeing cancels 747-500X/600X?

Date:         19 Feb 97 02:46:20 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>You totally missed the point.  All the narrow-bodies planes have a very
>broad customer base, many have 100 plus customers.  The B767 and
>A300/310 have a fairly broad customer base, too.  The A330/340 has about
>40 customers, and the B777 has about 25 customers, but both are
>relatively new models.  If you exclude second-hand B747 market, the B747
>probably has around 20 to 30 customers, only.

Boeing's Announced Orders and Deliveries document, as of June 30,
1996, lists 79 individual customers for the 747 in all series.  This
excludes operators who never bought new 747s from Boeing, but it also
includes a number of operators who had them for a very short time,
like Delta and Eastern.

Here are the customer totals along with deliveries for all Boeing
models, from Boeing's document, and excluding the initial flight test
aircraft for the 747 thru 777:

          --- Deliveries ---    - Customers -
Model       US Non-US  Total    US Non-US Tot
707/720    634    376  1,010    19    50   69
727      1,282    549  1,831    37    64  101
737      1,190  1,612  2,802    28   145  173
747        223    859  1,082    16    63   79
757        483    230    713    14    31   45
767        234    381    615    11    49   60
777         12     16     28     4    17   21

Yes, four US customers for the 777 -- besides United and Continental,
they're counting lesasing outfits GECAS and ILFC.

The surprisingly large number of customers for the 747 is due in part
to its position as a status symbol, which any self-respecting flag
carrier, no matter how small, just had to own during its early years,
not to mention major carriers (e.g., Delta and Eastern) that had to
buy a few to "keep up with the Joneses."

The breakdown by series for the 747 is also interesting:

          --- Deliveries ---    - Customers -
Model       US Non-US  Total    US Non-US Tot
747-100    124    126    250    10    22   32
747-200     54    339    393     9    50   59
747-300      3     78     81     1    18   19
747-400     42    239    281     3    28   31
747-400D     0     19     19     0     2    2
747-400F     0     11     11     0     5    5
747-400M     0     47     47     0    12   12

Seeing a US customer for the 747-300 was a surprise -- ILFC again.

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