Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 26726 posts, RR: 83 Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
Oh I'm sure this is order was influenced by delays to the 787 and the cancellation of the 787-3.
But if NH couldn't use them, they wouldn't have taken them and now instead of just handing over a couple hundred million in cash, Boeing has secured a nice long-term revenue stream and kept two production lines busy.
carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2772 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2078 times:
For starters, the 772s & 763s are need to replace the aging 744Ds & 763s and for expansion due to late deliveries of the 787s. How much discount they received only the bean counters at NH & Boeing know.
The 773ER in a domestic configuration would have wing span issues at NH's Terminal 2 at Haneda.
A 772 or 773 would not offer much utility, to say for example, if in the future a 400 or 500-seat capacity airplane is too much for the domestic market. Therefore a 772ER would be a logical choice, if the 405 seats become too much for the domestic market, they could re-configure the interior and re-certify at its maximum gross weight and fly international routes.
There is no wingspan issues with the 772ER, as it is the same as non-ERs.