I was looking at the NW Investor Presentation from September 19, 2007.
Investor Presentation from September 19, 2007 (PDF)
Page 12 compares seats, revenue and cost between the following:
A330-3 vs DC10
76-st RJ vs DC9
B787-8 vs 747-4
The graph on page 14 shows the 747-4 (not -400), 787-8 and 787-9.
The center is DTW of course but the edges and cities listed are interesting.
The 787-8 which has amazing range, has PVG, BOM, and DEL on the edge.
The 787-9 which NW has not ordered, has TPE, HKG, and JNB on the edge.
There are other cities which all fall under the 747-4.
Does this means that NW will not be flying DTW-HKG with a 787-8 but be requiring a 787-9?
UA can fly ORD-HKG with a 747-4(00) why can't NW?
I don't know what to make of it, but makes me wonder why they are comparing the EMB175 to the DC-9 and show the 787-9.