Without sounding like I'm entering on a tirade, as someone who tends to lean towards Boeing on most issues, I'm at a loss with this. Hamlet, I commend you for being large-minded enough to see the light in an alternative viewpoint. You're right, the 332 is a great aircraft. I'm aboard EI-ORD (330-300) practically weekly (ORD-DUB-ORD), and enjoy it. It's rather quiet, suited to it's operator and its route. That's the key in the schematics of choosing an aircraft.
Airbussians will flaunt the 330/340's tremendous cargo advantage over the 764. Well, in case those who have a noxious hatred for the truth, look at the figures. The 764, designed for intercontinental routes is a complementary aircraft. Its target market, and Mually's whole goal is to use it asa supplement to markets in demand for more pax capacity, not more cargo capacity. Charter carriers would be especially wise to its operating efficiency (4.22% advantage over A330s). A carrier, say ATA, operating their L1011-250s with 360 seats in 3-4-3 configs. Those gen.1 RB211s, three of them, a three-person crew, difficulty in maintenance, fuel consumption, MTOW in correlation to range. A 764, which, with a 32" pitch, far better than the cattle-car 30" 3-4-3 on their lockheeds currently could carry the same no. of pax, over a further distance for far less money in greater comfort! The Airbus, which is a fine aircraft, offers greater cargo capacity, longer range, and a higher price tag. A charter/sched. carrier such as ATA would be wiser for the miser to purchse a 764. The ATA case study is actually one of the hottest debates currently in the fleet=renewal arena. Along with NW. I hope to see a 777 roll on to MSP, but think a 340 donning the red-and-grey...love at 1st sight.
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