From what I have seen in the last few years, it looks like there are more 777s than 747 these days.
Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 4): However, if not mistaken, I would say more International airlines fly into NRT using Airbus than Boeing. Eg LH, LX, OS, SK etc. (CI, MH, QF, PK, TG, KE, PR etc. from time to time).
I think you are mistaken here. From what I have seen (1-2 times every year) most airlines are using 777s and 747s. There are some 340s and 330s, but not very many.
TokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3429 times:
Before the introduction of A340/B777s...I would say during the early to mid 1990s the amount of NRT's B747 traffic was something like 90% of all traffic....Just leaving very small room for DC10/B767/L1011/A300...then the opening of the second runway came and the airlines started to fly smaller equipment there...
CX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
As previous posters, mostly 747-400s and 777s. A fair smattering of 767s. Perhaps the very occasional Russian jet too.
About a year or two ago you would have been treated to many more DC10s (NW, JL) as well as a few 747 Classics (JL, ANA, AI, KE etc). Iran Air still occasionally use the 747 Sp to NRT from Tehran, though more often it's the A300 (or maybe 310??) these days. NW 330s aren't rare and last time I was at NRT I was treated to the sight of an NW DC10 going on to HKG.
T1 obs deck is brilliant. Views to the runway are grat; though it's always NW and UA parked right in front of it. The more interesting airlines use T2, though unfortunately, there's no really good view points inside T2.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21310 posts, RR: 60 Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2794 times:
Quoting Airbazar (Reply 21): So airlines operate the biggest plane they have. It's that simple.
Yeah. Not that simple or JL and NH wouldn't be flying so many 772s and 773s in there when they have 747s they could be using. NW also flies the 330 there when they could be using 747s on all segments, UA flies 772s when they could be flying 747s, etc.
Airlines fly the plane suitable for the route and the mission, not just the biggest ones they have. I know, the A380 business case is predicated on the idea that all routes are better off with the biggest, lowest CASM plane possible, but it's not true, even at NRT.
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