TObound wrote:RJMAZ wrote:This only works on the routes that are within the range of the A321.
The vast, vast majority of routes.RJMAZ wrote:After that point the airlines have to step right up to a large 7500+nm range widebody.
> 10 hrs on a narrowbody is probably pushing it anyway. how many city pairs are really viable at that point?RJMAZ wrote:The 797 will be able to do central Asia to West Europe , the A321XLR would struggle.
Why do you say that? This does not look like a huge challenge for the XLR to me:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ALA-BER%2F ... =wls&DU=nmRJMAZ wrote:The 797 could do east asia to the US west coast. Lots of secondary cities can bypass a hub.
Even if there was a market, with 4700nm range, the XLR could theoretically do routes like this, if not at launch, then with a handful of PIPs:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=PDX-HND%2F ... =wls&DU=nm
But again, what's the point? This Pacific isn't the Atlantic with lots of thin city pairs that have 200 PDEW and are < 4000nm apart. Like which city pairs and operators do you imagine running 200 seat single aisle planes for > 10 hrs across the Pacific? This looks like a nice hypothetical capability that has no real world demand.
Sounds like he is making a great case of nma making 787 obsolete on many tpac route.
With another pip for a321, it will have the range to replace all the a330 tatl routes.
Given its flexibility, an airline like JetBlue really has no need to ever buy a widebody.
Another to watch out for is a220xlr. That will have enough range to take east coast to British aisle thin routes