***However, the 773A was the first Boeing model derivative to never have a USA launch customer.***
I don't remember any USA launch customer for the 747-300.
Who will order the 7E7
has a big potential- aging 767-200s. The 767-300s are approacing 16 years old or so, and so are the 757s which I think also came in the late 80s early 90s. If AA
gets back in shape, there could eventually be a giant order over time for 200+ 7E7s to replace the 757s and 767s
America West- hmmmm, they do have some really old Republic 757s that are close to 20 years old, but do they want anything bigger than the A320 after the 757s retire, or would they go for the A321?
ATA- The 7E7 would be great for L1011 replacements and for troop charters since they have much better range than the 757-300
Continental: They are a likely candidate, but remember their 767s are some of the newest produced. Didn't they just take their 767s in the last 5 years? The 757s are only about 10 years old too. If they ordered the 7E7 it would be probably about the time the aircraft was already in production.
Delta: They have some of the oldest 757s and 767s flying, but also some of the newest. Didn't they start receiving their 757s around 1984-85? The 767-200s around 1983 and the 767-300s around 1988? This could be another potential 200+ order once Delta pulls out of their current mess.
Northwest: People keep saying that they wont get the 7E7 because they have the A330, but what about as a 757 replacement? After all there is that smaller version of the 7E7 and Northwest has so old 757s in its fleet.
Sun Country: This could be the surprise one. Sun Country never did replace their DC-10s
United: Very likely, but need to be in better financial shape. Once they are, there is another giant possible order.
USAirways: No way.