Well see if the B 7E7 was launched at the same time as the A 330-200 then you wouldnt see too many A 332s in the ME
The A 332 is the perfect aircraft for ME
carriers as it has a long range + efficient + modern plus can carry a load from 200-270 pax which is ideal for these airlines on their main routes.
When these ME
carriers were updating their fleet between 1994-98...the B 767 was getting old-stale as it was a 16 year old product plus a bit too small for some airlines (except GF
) and for these new airlines to become successful they needed brand new aircraft to enhance their image (EK-Cyprus-ME
The B 777 is too big for most ME
carriers thats why its not been successful except for DXB
and Saudia...even MS
are getting rid of their B 772s by putting in A 346s.
But Im pretty confident if the B 7E7 was launched at the same time as the A 332 and with the current 20%+ savings economic efficiency...you would see a lot of them in the ME