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[Edited 2003-06-30 20:11:48]
In January 2000, Boeing once again came up with a shortened 777-100X at 57m – 6m, 20ft or 12 frames fewer than the -200. The MTOW was nonetheless lower than with the previous project, at 276,900kg (610,500lb), but the aircraft still had 13,500km (7,300nm) range. Power in the 84,000lb range would have come from The GE90-84B, Trent 884 or PW4084. Later reports showed three main options under study: 12,200km (6,600nm), 13,320km and 14,800km variants, with the intermediate range having the lead. If launched, the -100X was expected to have the first unit assembled by April 2003, to make its first flight in August 2003. The entry into service would follow the test campaign in April-December 2003.
The airplane was mainly aimed at Singapore Airlines, which wanted to replace its A310-300s on intra-Asian operations. The variant was in direct competition with the A330-200 and the shrunken A330-100 - later re-christened the A330-500. SIA was interested in the airframe because of its cargo capacity; the proposed airplane would have carried up to 6t more than the A330-200 on 3,700km (2,000nm) sectors, in a two-class arrangement for 270 seats. Other potential customers were Los Angeles-based International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) and Northwest Airlines (NW). While the A330-300 had the edge with the carrier for the replacement of the 42-strong DC-10-30 and -40 fleet, the 777-100X could still win the airline's attention for its extensive Asia/Pacific network. While it would have been a heavy airplane in comparison with the A330, the airplane could potentially be pushed with a higher MTOW to even surpass the 777-200LR's range. Such an airplane could, however, impact, the 767-400ERX's sales on the 200-250-seat market. The -400ERX, of which launch was still pending, was slated to be a heavier 210,920kg (465,000lb) MTOW derivative of the slow-selling 767-400ER, with range for 11,390km (6,150nm). The first 767-400ERX was due for delivery in March 2004 to Kenya Airways (KQ).
SIA did not manage to make a business case for this heavyweight -100X and went ahead with an order for ten 777-200ERs in February 2001. The airplane was finally shelved due to poor seat/kilometer cost, in favor of the 767-400ERX – which itself was cancelled in March 2001.
Boeing 777X -- Ocober 2002
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