moyangmm wrote:ZK-NBT wrote:ewt340 wrote:
Actually reading from the quote, it suggested that they might do some minor modifications on AZs B787-10 for it to be able to operate flights that's been previously operated by B777-200ER. So, probably some enhancement on range and payload capability rather than a major range extension. Here is the exact quote:
“The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we’ve ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777-200 fleet.”
Also, I don't think B787-10 would be able to do New York non-stop. That's just a bit out of reach isn't it?
The key word is ‘similar’ which is not the same as. UA use the 781 SFO-AKL in NW, NZ will likely do the same from LAX/SFO, YVR at a push but IAH, ORD, EWR is 789 territory.
IAH/ORD/EWR is tad out-of-range for the current 781, but not by far. With a slightly less dense configuration (around 300 seats), 781 certainly can do these routes. Cargo capability would be quite limited though. The rumored 260t 781ER would help tremendously on these routes.
Indeed, AKL-EWR (7655nm) is just a tad out of range for an aircraft whose current longest route is EWR-TLV (4946nm), which has a brochure range of 6430nm.
This rumoured 260T has been brought up by you quite a lot, yet there is zero indication it exists or is planned to exist at present.