BoeingGuy wrote:The 767-400 was developed mostly as a domestic airplane for a couple of customers. It was a DC-10/L-1011 replacement.
IIRC, DL required that it be capable of operating into LGA. It was a bit sub-optimized.
The biggest problem the 767-400 had is that it was sold during the darkest years of the Phil Condit and Harry Stoneciper era. The then 767 Chief, John Quinlivan was kind of a moron too IMHO.
Boeing was unwilling to make any investments in the -400 to make it more competitive. It’s not a bad airplane but could have used more range and power. Plus the flight deck was a one-off. CO had difficulty having the same pool of 757/767 pilots flying the -400. DL had a separate pilot pool.
During this dark era, Boeing didn’t make product improvements to be more competitive or sell airplanes. Product improvements were only made if it had an 18 month rate of return so Harry and Phil could line their pockets with money.
Bottom line is that the 767-400 isn’t a bad airplane, but it suffered from lack of investment to make it more competitive due to the very poor Boeing leadership in place at the time.
Thank you for this honesty and insight ! I was with Dornier at that time and we had the Do728/928 going. All airlines that visited us preferred it over the competition... Due to bad cashflow, we were looking for a senior partner. We were being offered on a silver plate to Boeing and everybody there - except these two morons, wanted to make this happen. Everybody could see the long-term gains for bothsides...except these two morons... shame it didnt go through.