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Is The 773ER A Good Replacement For The 744?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 5:14 pm

Hi all,

I noticed that as of yet, Boeing have not commited to building an updated version of the 744.

So, will the 777-300ER be a suitable replacement for it?

Will the pax and cargo capacities be similar?

Thanks for any help
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RE: Is The 773ER A Good Replacement For The 744?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 7:43 pm

The 747-400 is still quite new and still in production, so few of them are being phased out unless to be replaced by a smaller aircraft due to decreased traffic. If this is the case, then the 777-300ER would be a possible substitute, as it is slightly smaller. As a replacement for older aircraft, it's most comparable in size to the classic 747's (those without the stretched upper deck) and a significantly cheaper to operate. This was, I believe, initially Boeing's targeted market, as there are still many older 747's in service with many different airlines. But, returning to your original question, I would think it unlikely that an airline that is doing well in terms of loads would consider the 777-300ER as a 747-400 replacement as they are intended for slightly different markets.

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RE: Is The 773ER A Good Replacement For The 744?

Sun Apr 06, 2003 3:59 am

Wow, only 1 reply to this thread? Well, here's mine...

The 773ER will definitely replace some 747s where the route demands the distance, but not the capacity. I think a lot of the 747s (especially the –400 variant) will be converted to freighters or combis, where the airlines want either a large freight capacity or a mix of the two, like how KLM fly (or used to fly) to HKG from AMS with a combi, so they can carry both a substantial number of passengers and a high volume of cargo.


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RE: Is The 773ER A Good Replacement For The 744?

Sun Apr 06, 2003 4:27 am

Given the excess of supply in the market right now the 773ER is a good 744 replacement IMO.I am interested to see how many MTOW increases the 773ER will get in the next few years.
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RE: Is The 773ER A Good Replacement For The 744?

Sun Apr 06, 2003 4:37 am

The Boeing 777-300ER was designed to be a replacement for the 747-100/200/300 series.

747-400s have not reached the age of being replaced yet. They're still excellent aircraft and they're still in production.

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RE: Is The 773ER A Good Replacement For The 744?

Sun Apr 06, 2003 7:55 am

The market of any kind of aircraft type is overlapping the market share of others. The 747/744/773 is no exception although the twin is only capable to snap a small part of the Jumbo market. The A380 is certainly a bigger threat to the grand "Queen of the skies". If now some airlines replace older 747s and maybe 744s in a few years with 773s I bet that Boeing will launch a new 747 once the A380 is there. And a vastly more economical version of the 744 with new engines would be able to re-posess lost territory.
The freighter version of the 744 alone makes it almost certain that the 747 will be produced well into the next decade because it got no competitor.

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