Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2689 posts, RR: 59 Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 985 times:
I hate to contradicte you, but the -200 is definitely still produced. Currently, United has 5 coming down the line, Air China still has 5 to be delivered (4 so far scheduled) and both ANA (5) and JAL (5) still have some on order. These last two can obviouly be switched to other models, but that is how it stands now.
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2689 posts, RR: 59 Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 938 times:
Boeing used the A, B and C designations as a means to identify which aircraft were going to be produced in which order. 'A' refers to the basic -200 plane designed for regional routes. 'B' of course came next, and referred to the -200ER now flying the long-distance sector. Technically, 'B' refers to the increased MTOW of the plane, so along with the -200ER, 'B' also refers to the -300, which uses that same belly tank configuration designed for the -200ER. Now the 'LR' planes are being designed, the 'C' market (ultra-long range) is finally becoming a reality. Basically, the A-C designations were the steady increases in MTOW as the plane matured. Each serving a different need.
Yes, it is definitely confusing. I won't even mention that the 777 was originally designated the 767-X, with various variations.
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2689 posts, RR: 59 Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 901 times:
Do you mean taking off from Hong Kong, and flying EAST to go all the way to Europe? I can see no advantages to that, as it would mean flying more than half-way around the world. I'd be really curious as to why an airline would want to go that way. As far as the 777, it can't quite do that, yet.
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2689 posts, RR: 59 Reply 19, posted (13 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 844 times:
I finally found the article that I was looking for:
Starting in late 1986 to mid-1987, Boeing looked at simply stretching the current 767. Two fuselage plugs totaling 21' 1" were put in. Total 2-class capacity was @ 300. NOTE: In 1997, Boeing went ahead with this aircraft as the 767-400ER!
Next, Boeing decided to add a new wing as wide as the 747's. Also, they more than doubled the stretch, making the aircraft 226' 8" long, only 5 feet short of the 747. 2-class capacity was @ 340. This design stayed on the boards from the middle of '87 until mid-1988.
767X Aft Double Deck:
Definitely the most radical design to come from Boeing in years, this plane was briefly considered in 1988. Using a modified 767 wing, designers added a simple 9' 2" forward fuselage plug. Then, they slapped a shortened 757 fuselage on top of the aft section of the '67 fuselage. This ungainly bird would have seated @ 355 people, but the design didn't really work.
767X Stretch II:
Using the modified 767 wing developed for the previous version, engineers added fuselage plugs fore and aft to stretch the length to 224' 3". Again seating around 340 in 2 classes, this design stayed on the boards until late into 1989.
Starting in late 1988, Boeing also began designing a brand new aircraft in case the 767X designs didn't meet with customer satisfaction. By the beginning of 1990, it was decided that this new aircraft was the only viable option (at least according to what the airlines were telling Boeing). So all engineering work was turned toward the 777, and the rest is history!