Now some people have ambitious dreams about NH
flying to Europe & N. American but this is only valid if the shorter runway at NRT
gets lengthened. Otherwise, forget it. Then again, we have around 5 years before the introduction.
Not quite sure what the breakdown in the NH
's order but going from history, they will first introduce it on domestic routes, then Asia, then finally long-haul routes.
Next route structure will depend on demographics. The number of Japanese going abroad over visitors coming to Japan doesn't even compare. Starting next year the Japanese population will start on a gradual decrease. Unless more visitors come to Japan, routes such as NRT
will never see the light.
Finally, depending on the situation at Tokyo Haneda, the number of follow-on 7E7 orders will change. If the fourth runway at HND
is built, expect the wipe out of all 744Ds & maybe 773/772 from domestic ops. Approximately two 7E3s can be ordered for each 744D and NH
could operate over 100 7E7 series planes.