Here's who I think will be the launch customers for the Boeing 7E7
1. Continental Airlines (CO). CO
could use the plane for increased capacity on transatlantic flights from EWR
and increased capacity on Latin American flights from IAH
2. Delta Airlines (DL). DL
could use the plane to replace their oldest 767's (short fuselage version), plus increased capacity for transatlantic flights from JFK
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3. Japan Airlines (JL). JL
will use a shorter-range domestic
variant for Japanese domestic flights. They will also buy a longer range version to fly from AA
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for regional routes across Asia.
4. All-Nippon Airways (NH). In similar situation as JL
5. China Eastern Airlines (MU). They could use the long-range version to expand flights to the USA and Europe from PVG
. This is especially important given that Shanghai (MU's home base) is now becoming the commercial center of China.
6. British Airways (BA). Not only to replace most of BA
's 767-300(ER) fleet (which will be transferred to the RAF for air-refuelling tanker conversions), but also to provide expansion on routes that don't demand a plane the size of a 777-200A or 777-200ER. The 7E7
would be more economical to fly routes like LHR
7. TUI AG
(Hapag-Lloyd, Britannia, Corsair). They desperately need a modern plane to fly on vacation charters from Europe to the USA, South America and eastern Asia on inclusive tour packages.
8. Lufthansa (LH). LH
really wants a true A300B4/A310 replacement, and the Airbus A330-200 is way too heavy a plane for the type of intra-European and thinner
international routes LH
wants to fly.
Further down the road (depending on economic conditions), I see these airlines buying the 7E7
American Airlines (AA). Not only to replace the rapidly-aging 767-200 fleet, but also to replace the older 767-300's on transatlantic, Latin American and maybe even transpacific routes. The 7E7
could be the perfect plane for SJC
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United Airlines (UA). Replacements for 767-200's and older 767-300's.