Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1660 times:
In the past, most strech versions sold better than baseline models or shrink models since the operating economics of larger members of an aircraft family are better: 707, 727, 737-1st generation, 747, DC8, DC9, L1011, A300, etc, etc.
In recent years, that seems to have changed a bit, as airlines became more focused on frequency than the number of seats in an airliner.....of course, much has to do with making hub systems work.
The 753 was not a success (I think mainly due to timing, it became available just as airlines were cutting seats in their systems....the 753 is a low-cost gem, but arrived at the wrong moment), the 764 did not attract much interest (mainly because the A332 is simply a better all-around bird with more range), and the 739 is not selling that well, although in the 737NG family, the 738 is the mre popular than the 73G (its close) and the unpopular 736.