The L1011 by financial accounts was a dismal failure.
Operationally, it was moderately successful. Being at technically advanced for it's time, it had a relatively low dispatch reliability for systems going 'tech' frequently. I imagine that any DL
, or former EA
pilot can cofirm this (BA, CX
and LTU as well..)
That being said, I am under the impression it was a wonderful aircraft to fly--surpassing both the DC10 and 747. It would be interesting to hear a pilots perspective.
I'll agree with some former posts...this aircraft should have been the 'bi-star' and likely would have effectively killed off Airbus before it got the momentum it had. Possibly we would be having Boeing vs. Lockheed threads instead....(?)
767-400 unfortunately was not a simple stretch....the cost of designing, retooling, and recertification for the new wing extensions, window line, and other features makes the break even likely in the 150+ airframe category. Given the Boeing needed DL
orders to launch...they likely paid a price similiar to a 763. I would say at this point it pretty much a financial failure.