Scurrah did single out LAX as the star performer that actually earns money on a generally small/weak VA int'l network.
IIRC, there are heftier penalties for ending A330 leases early, which are on a 10 yr term under JB. Its why PS was mentioned as renegotiating the A330 leases under his terms when the first batch of the A330s come off lease in 2022.
I do recall qf789 mentioning PS was renegotiating the A330 leases and as for the B77W they really didn’t have much of a choice at the time of launching their US services.
Any idea why they opted for the smaller cargo doors on 2 of the 5 B77W?
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I am not 100% why but MEL-LAX flights go out payload restricted particularly ex LAX. Also when the 77W's were order that was under V Australia and it was different back then to what it is now
77Ws were ordered in 2007. At the time, the options for delivery in 2009 that were capable of doing LAX non-stop were 77W, A346, 748 or A380. The A345 and 77L were also options but didn't save any cost for their reduced seat count. The 787-8 was a theoretical albeit much smaller option if they were prepared to wait until 2010 but that program ended up slipping badly so they realistically wouldn't have received anything until about 2013.
There is no way VA could sell their 77Ws at the moment, even if they wanted to. The secondhand widebody market is dire and will continue to decline as ME3 continue to return their older 77Ws to lessors. It is not just 777s however. There are virtually no active secondhand buyers for 777s, 747s, A330s, A340s or A380s with scrapping being a very real option for any plane over about 12 years old.
VA are currently renegotiating their A330 leases probably with a view for an extension of term offset by a reduction in lease costs. Given the current WB market, it is likely the lessor will be keen to accommodate their request rather than end up with returned planes in a couple of years that they can't place elsewhere.
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