AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5542 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
The 1995 frames are 777-200A, as in, NOT -ER... not much market value for Varig and Air India.
I believe they were intended to be domestic DC-10 replacements. But it quickly became apparent that the 2ER was the way to go. Most airlines don't even own any -200As. American, Delta, Continental... all -ERs.
I suspect that's why they got rid of the newer ones- because they could. And their 777 lease rates were higher than their 744 lease rates. In the end, they ended up getting rid of several of both those types. But at first, they were parking brand new, never flown for revenue birds. I think there are pics in this database of UA 772s sitting around Seattle...