"Sure, the B763 has done much for airlines and Boeing but the current order situation just shows that airlines go for the A332, and in most cases the A332 replaces B763. Sorry, it's a fact. Airlines which operate both are only doing it for a certain time, until the A332 are delivered. Having both makes as much sense as operating A320s along with B738s.
The A332 is hot, there are many carriers which directly replace the B763 with A332s. The B763 was hot for a long time, but orders have rapidly slowed down."
Yeah, I guess your right, just look at CO, DL, AA, UA, AC, RAM, ANA, JAL, HA, Kenya, etc.... One carrier that operates both aircraft for different missions is AC, for the time there is a need for an aircraft of it's size, and the B767 is the only aircraft available on the market. I am not argueing with you that B767 orders have decreased over the past few years, but it's understandable. The major airlines who operate the B767 already have a substancial number of the type in their fleet, which have not reached the age of retirement. It's called a plateau, and when the time comes for replacement, I expect B767 orders to pick up (Mabye we will see increased interest in the B764 by that time).
"I know Varig operates long routes with the B763, but I was only refering to European airlines (as you did first).
It's also a fact that both airliners carry about the same number of passengers (very little difference), but the A332 offers more range, with a larger cargo capacity, at a higher payload. The B763 serves well its market, but the A332 can also serve the same market and some new markets additionally."
And can you explain ot me why we don't see many A330's running US Trans-Con's then? This is the B767's best market! It's designed exactly for this type of flying. Try operating A332's on those routes and you won't see the same results.
"Best example for the aircraft's flexibility is Air France: the aircraft is flown on shorter six hour routes to West Africa, but also on 12 hour routes to Sao Paulo, the latter without any payload restrictions. No B763 can operate on such flights with full payload.
Boeing had the chance to offer a B764 with similar range as the A332 but they didn't, and that's why airlines don't order it. Even Continental does not opererate it from Houston to Europe because it can become critical. And Delta? Only domestic service. And without modifications we won't see the B764 operate longer EU services (such as Rome) out of ATL."
No payload restrictions? Have a look..... http://www.boeing.com/commercial/767family/pf/pf_rc_rio.html
I really don't understand what you are trying to get at. The B767-400(ER) was intended to fulfill a DL requirement as an L1011 replacement. It was not built to be the world's longest ranged aircraft, but to satisfy current B767 operators. DL does not intend, and I don't believe has ever intended to operate these aircraft overseas! And while Boeing was designing the aircraft, CO took a look and liked what they say. And BTW, CO loves the B764 on their EU routes.
CO uses it's B762's and B772's out of IAH. Why does everyone on this board believe that for an aircraft to be great, it has to have more and more range than the competition? And remember here, the B764(ER) was not a completely new design, but a new submodel of an existing series, therefore not putting an amount of pressure on Boeing to achieve great sales.