WkndWanderer wrote:EChid wrote:And for those praising UA's "strategic" purchase of the 77Ws, it was only barely strategic. As far as I recall, the whole deal started with UA looking for a new smaller a/c a la Airbus A223 but Boeing, wanting to snuff out the competition, came in with an absolute bottom-of-the-barrel offer on some 738s that UA absolutely did not need but accepted for a ridiculous price. When management changed, they realized the stupidity of the deal and swapped their 738s for some end-of-the-line (well, almost) 77Ws for a good price. I call that turning a sow's ear into a silk purse, not wonderfully "strategic." The 77Ws have worked well as a flagship debut for the Polaris hard product, do there's that.
United's initial 77W order was a year before the sweetheart 737 deal, which was for 73G's, the initial 10 were 787 conversions I think. The 73G order ended up converted to 61 MAX's.
But the point is still the same . . . Some of their fleet decisions in the last 5-10 years have been real head-scratchers. I have to agree that I don’t think the 777W purchase was all that strategic. I think they found a hole in their fleet with the 747 retirements and needed to fill it quickly. Lucky for them, Boeing was probably interested in cutting a deal on a near-last-generation aircraft. Similar on the purchase of the used 319/320s. I don’t think it is a strategic move as much as one of desperation