ever order the 777LR? Maybe someday in the future, if and when CO
is in a better financial condition and has had many consecutive profitable quarters and CO
's management feels it can take the financial risk or ordering this airplane. At the moment, the 772ER can operate all of the routes that CO
has in mind for the near-term future; I was happily surprised to see CO
's announcement earlier this week concerning two additional 772ERs which will give them some flexibility with aircraft allocation with the new Bejing, Dehli, Buenos Aires (hopefully) and Shanghai (hopefully) coming online. I was beginning to fear that the EWR
route would be operated by four 752 flights per day instead of widebody equipment.
Two things to consider, the 777LR is an amazing aircraft with extraordinary capabilities - but it is a very expensive airplane. I dont think that CO
, at this moment, can handle or justify the expense. Second, the routes for which the 777LR are suited are long, high risk and there is unproven pax demand. Segments such as IAH
could work, but the risk is very high.
I am sure that CO
would like to add the 777LR to its fleet - the possibilities that it offers are amazing, maybe someday.