Does anyone know the maximum range of the 772LR without the supplemental fuel tank option?
I'd imagine it'd be near or slightly above the range of the GE90-94B powered 772ER... but have found no corroboration to back that up.
Keeping in mind that the 772LR will offer the highest MTOW of any twinjet aircraft ever designed
, one would think that (due to the slow sales of the C-market) Boeing would be actively promoting the tank-less 772LR as a superhigh-MTOW 772ER for those carriers who might desire a little more "oomph" on current B-market routings, but not need 10,000mi+ range to get the job done.
This seems like something of an advantage considering that the A345 cannot both lower its structural weight nor add additional cargo capacity in this manner. Then again I'm sure the 777NG's superhigh purchase expense (relative to a true 772ER) prices it right out of that market.
Perhaps an optional resort on Boeing's behalf, should sales continue to stagnate?
~*paging Dr. Hamlet*~