777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 20 Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3656 times:
CO did order the 767-300ER, as noted, but the 1993 bankruptcy filing all but killed the chance of any entering the fleet. It would have been a good fit too, with strong benefits over both the -200/400 in terms of payload and range.
As mentioned CO's 767-200s are new builds, the oldest are from 2000 (seven years old). They have the 777 style interiors, and are a vast improvement over the 767-200s AA (still), DL and UAL used to fly.
As for not again ordering the 767-300 during the late Ninties, CO felt the 767-200 and 767-400 covered routes better.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3125 times:
Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 6): Not sure there was ever any build with a CO configuration so they really wouldn't be ex-CO aircraft if my thought is correct
Its funny, a friend flew on a 767-324ER in service for Vietnam Airlines and said that the interior was done with all CO fittings including seats upholstered in the CO blue/gray fabric that we all know and love. CO did not take delivery of the airplanes (5 were built, as pointed out above, the balance of the order was never manufactured) but those 5 767-324ERs were very much CO airplanes.
Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 7): It showed 12 767-324ERs on order for Continental. The first three registrations were supposed to be:
Interesting, I was always under the impression that CO ordered 10 763s with 5 built and 5 cancelled.....12 is a new number for me. Anyone have any further info on this bit of trivia?
Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 8): Wasn't there a rumor awhile back of them picking up some 763 leases?
Yes, there was......it seems that CO did take a look at what was available and passed (thats what I heard); remember, CO has a very young 767 fleet and any 767s that would be available on the second hand market would probably be older and less capable airplanes.
Quoting STT757 (Reply 9): As for not again ordering the 767-300 during the late Ninties, CO felt the 767-200 and 767-400 covered routes better.
CO ordered the 762ER as its business jet.....an airplane for longer thin routes where yeilds are high and premium demand is stronger than average. CO's 762ERs are great airplanes, are extremely comfortable and a pleasure to fly in.....was it the best choice? It was a good choice at the time and CO, of course, had no idea that fuel prices would skyrocket. For now, they serve their missions very well, are not going anywhere for the time being, and eventually will be replaced by 788s (probably after the first 20 or so 787 are delivered to CO........the first group of 787s will be used for expansion and new routes). The 762ERs will make teriffic freighters some day, rumor has it that CO has already received unsolicited offers for the 762ER fleet from more than one cargo carrier.
As for the 764ER, it does exactly what it was supposed to do: replace the DC-10-30.
Terminalc From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 11): Its funny, a friend flew on a 767-324ER in service for Vietnam Airlines and said that the interior was done with all CO fittings including seats upholstered in the CO blue/gray fabric that we all know and love. CO did not take delivery of the airplanes (5 were built, as pointed out above, the balance of the order was never manufactured) but those 5 767-324ERs were very much CO airplanes.
Yes, exactly. I flew on several of them. The flashlights even said Continental & the exit signs had Exit/Salida. The biz section had the 1st generation BusinessFirst seats. They were quite comfy and I think more comfortable than VN's current business seats. Curiously, CO's current 767s are configured 2-1-2 in BF. Those 763s were 1-2-2.
The line was not reopened per se, but they just started making them (-200ERs) again. Theoretically I could go to Boeing and order the -200ER and the -400ER even though the only pax 767s that have been produced in recent years have been the -300ER. As long as the 767 line is open, all of the ER models (-200ER, -300ER, -400ER) are available, not to mention the -300F.
Thering From Brazil, joined Jun 2006, 530 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1650 times:
As everybody said above, they are very happy with their 762s and 764s, and didn't received the ordered 763s do to financial issues. We will never discover if they would be even more pleased if they were flying 763s today, but, I was wondering, since they are facing a international expansion, wouldn't be a nice shot for them lease some 763ERs today till they receive the 787s??? This planes aren't so difficult to find in the 2nd hand market as the 777s or A330/340s right? (See RG's/G3's situation) Of course they would not even get close to what 787s will in efficiency, but wouldn't be a solution for 2-3 years term?