Hi AI recently claimed the 77L was causing them a lot of money , that got me thinking what would be the cost comparison between the 787 77L and 77W in Air Indias configuration on most commonly used route possibilities for these aircrafts
ie. BOM-EWR , BOM-LHR, DEL-HKG
the 787 has 256 seats [18J and 238Y]
the 77L has 238 seats [8F 35J and 195Y]
the 77W has 342 seats [4F 35J and 303Y]
Now looking at the configuration hands down the 77W and 788 are superlative to the 77L, the question is what impact do configuration and the aircraft type make to the profitability of the route and eventually to the airline?
From what i have read on this forum the 788 should be the hands down winner on DEL-HKG and if AI were to operate profitabily in low season on BOM-EWR, DEL-YYZ, DEL-ORD,DEL-JFK , the 77W fills the void in terms of capacity and peak season demands at slot constrained airports.
Experts i need your help in comparing the 3 aircrafts on the routes like BOM-LHR/EWR and DEL-HKG, specifically on operating costs of Fuel,pax and cargo capacity and flexibility