Sure, Gerry just made this up.
Boeing absolutely DID design the 764 to meet Delta's requirements. Some of you may have missed it at the time because you were in kindergarten, but it isn't some big industry secret.
In fact, Delta's specific requirements, including the ability to use LGA
, may have been part of the aircraft's ultimate downfall in terms of commercial success. Delta needed an aircraft with a wingspan that could fit in its current gate footprint at LGA
. This wing (and engine) ultimately limited the aircraft's performance envelope and eliminated it as an option for many of the most likely customers. With all the 763 customers, you'd have expected the 764 to be a big success. Instead, the A330-200 showed up and offered customers the performance and capabilities they required and turned out to me a big success.
But to be clear, Boeing did design the 764 to Delta specs. Gerry is not a liar.