Boeing selling 767-400s to CO
have covered their development costs, any thing after that is gravy.
The requirment DL
wanted filled was for an aircraft with a similar capacity to their L-1011s that they can utilize on Domestic routes, two of the most important features of this aircraft had to be that it be able to operate out of NY's Laguardia Airport and second that it not have too big of a foot print on the ramp at busy hubs like ATL
where every gate counts.
they wanted the aircraft to replace their DC-10s on International and Hawaiin routes, they wanted an aircraft with a similar capacity to their DC-10s and again not have too big of a foot print on their ramps at hubs in EWR
The 777 and A330s were not practical for either CO
because neither could fly into LGA
, nor were they compatible with CO
's large fleet of 757s and 767s. Also the 777 and A330s have very large wing spans which would take up more ramp space than the 767-400, also the 777 and A330 are much more expensive than the 767-400.
The 767-400 were perfect for CO
and UAL decided instead to replace their DC-10 fleets with more 767-300s and 777s. AA
and UAL each have more 777s than CO
combined, however CO
utilize their 777 fleets more in line with the aircrafts performance capabilities (long haul).
The only other US airline order I could see for the 767-400 at some point might be AA
to replace their A300s and older 767s at some point, but perhaps they will wait for the 7E7.
utilizes their 767-400s on some long routes like IAH
, they also fly the 767-400s on Air Mike routes like HNL
-Guam and Guam-Japan.