airbazar wrote:It could have been originally filed as an MD-11. Airlines change equipment all the time after the original route application. But I'm pretty sure that it was eventually changed to 772 but we'll never know for sure because it never operated. Nevertheless the timing just doesn't seem right for an MD-11 given the date of the last MD-11 flight.
At the time, the 128 tech community had a (well founded) inferiority complex regarding Silicon Valley. AA was the BOS business carrier of choice then, and I think we were all a bit pissed off when they started to build out their SJC mini-hub. We had a lot of AA LHR flights at the time, but we needed Asia. I'm pretty sure they had a single flight number (but I think a change of equipment) for BOS-SJC-NRT, so we were pretty excited when AA announced the non-stop service, eliminating the insulting (!) Silicon Valley stop. I have a vague recollection that the MD11 non-stop authority was announced but never scheduled. In retrospect, the decision to retire the MD11 most likely had something to do with that. AA went dark on the status of the proposed flight. I don't recall an announced change to the 772. Then 9/11 happened and the intended route was finally and formally cancelled. Chris is an old-timer like me. Maybe he has a further recollection.