Date: 26 Apr 98 03:44:07 From: Andrew Cruickshank <email@example.com> Organization: OpenKast Limited References: 1
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William Chung wrote: > > I just read a brief article on CNN stating that 777s are becoming more > attractive to carriers over the 747s. > > Is the industry replacing 747s with 777s? I checked out Boeing's website > and the performance of the two models are pretty much the same except > that the 747-400s can carry about 80 or so more passengers and lift > 100,000 more lbs. The range on a 777 exceeds a 747 by a couple of > hundred miles. I know BA is using 777s on its JFK-LHR (transatlantic) > route. Will we be seeing 777s flying transpacific routes in the future? 777 is attractive to operate in place of 747-100 and 747-200. Against the 747-400 it's a different matter - the 744 can haul a lot of passengers a long way with cargo. Actual long haul passenger configurations for a 744 are usually 400 to 425 whereas a 777-200 is more likely to be between 250 and 300. Headline figures tend to forget that in the real world the 777 is operated in a three class configuration so it doesn't quite make the often quoted 375 to 440 range. If the 777 competes with the 747-400 then we will start to see it on routes like LHR-SIN, LHR-KUL where the 747-400 is king. The airlines flying those routes: SIA, MAS, and BA are all committed 747-400 and 777-200IGW operators. ---------------- Andrew.