lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 14556 posts, RR: 100
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
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Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter): In today's time, would you say that A380, is in the spot that the 747 was in, and the 777 is in the spot, that the L1011 and DC-10 was in back in the 70s, 80s and early 90s?
For the 1970s, the tri-jets provided the lowest cost per trip for long haul. Today, that isn't the 77W, it is the A330 and soon the 787. Thus the comparison is much more complicated today.
Back then it was 747 first EIS and then the smaller tri-jets.
747 EIS in 1970.
DC-10 EIS in 1971
L-1011 EIS in 1972
I believe the later EIS of the VLAs has definately eaten into their sales. While there is a 'halo effect' on the A380, it is not the same as the 'Queen of the skies.'
joelyboy911 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2009, 244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter): n today's time, would you say that A380, is in the spot that the 747 was in, and the 777 is in the spot, that the L1011 and DC-10 was in back in the 70s, 80s and early 90s?
In terms of size, perhaps yes, but in terms of sales, there is a much bigger range of offerings. The 747 is still going, alongside A330, A340, 787, (767 still being built too), A380 and A350 on the way. The A340 is perhaps in the position of the L-1011, as a smaller slice of the market share, with the 777 and A330 sharing the rest of that size segment. The A380 is on the way to replacing or superseding the 747 in many fleets, which is new because the 747 has never had a larger competitor before.
The market hasn't developed in a way that suits your question, IMO. There are now only two manufacturers, and they are sharing the sales roughly equally across most segments.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2783 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 5110 times:
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Quoting lightsaber (Reply 1): For the 1970s, the tri-jets provided the lowest cost per trip for long haul. Today, that isn't the 77W, it is the A330 and soon the 787.
A330? Granted, the A330 is smaller, lighter and cheaper to operate than the 777 on routes that are within the A330's range capabilities, and that for medium range missions, the A330 reigns supreme. But the 77E, 77W and 77L out-ranges the A330. If you're talking about long haul, I'd argue that the 77W is the cheapest aircraft to operate at present.