|Quoting B707Stu (Thread starter):|
For starters I can see many SOuth Asian (Indian bound) passengers taking non-stops from the US to India and by-passing European stops
Slight correction, Stu - the 787 is so far planned to have the same sort of range as the 747/A380, around 8,500 nms. Boeing's strategy appears to be two-pronged - it will be the Extended/Longer Range versions of the 777 that are likely to open up a new 'non-stop' field; indeed, Pakistan were the first order them and India looks like following their lead soon.
What I think the 787 WILL do - if the promised fuel economies eventuate - is make it possible to fly smaller numbers of passengers to a wider range of destinations at seat/mile costs that are comparable with, or even lower than, those of larger aeroplanes. For many years, before fuel costs rose to danger levels, the 'recognised' way to keep seat/mile costs down was to build bigger aeroplanes that could pack in more and more people; but this inevitably meant that airlines could only offer customers a limited range of destinations - basically the places the majority of a given load wanted to go to, with the minority needing to take a further local flight.
I definitely have the feeling that the 787 will change the field a lot. But not quite on the scale that the Comet 4/707 changed things. That was REALLY radical!
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