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Old 02-20-2017, 12:42 AM   #1
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What is the point of the 777-200LR

I decided to look at a list of the 10 longest scheduled flights. What I found, is that despite having the longest range of any aircraft in the world, not many of those flights are exclusively on the 200LR. Whilst it is true that many routes such as Doha to Auckland require the 200LRs range, such routes are probably only flown by airlines that have infinite money. *COUGH ME3* You notice that many 200LR routes, are actually supplemented by other types, such as the 300ER, or even the A380. (Fun fact, for a short while the longest Flight in the world WAS operated by the A380.) So I have a question: When you could get a more versatile aircraft, such as the 300ER, or A350, why would anyone buy the 777-200LR? I am giving you guys the article to look at here, (And yes I realize this is the source that claims there is a "787-200LR") I would like your thoughts.

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Re: What is the point of the 777-200LR

I think it makes sense as an aircraft, probably a 777-300LR would have made more sense, but it works for its market, although now probably most 787s cover those routes. It's been bought by North American and Asian airlines so it does its job.
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Re: What is the point of the 777-200LR

Because of its size, it can easily transport lower numbers of pax in smaller markets that a typical smaller wide body can't reach. It's like a 757 almost. And because the 787 or A350 hadn't been made yet, this was the long range, low capacity aircraft to beat.

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Re: What is the point of the 777-200LR

And frankly I just love a 772 with wingtips!
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Re: What is the point of the 777-200LR

Sorry for bringing back this old thread, but can any of the more technical minded ones here tell me what is the advantage in flying a smaller aircraft? Whilst there are sure to be minor fuel savings, to my knowledge it is negligible in the 77L/W.
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Re: What is the point of the 777-200LR

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...So I have a question: When you could get a more versatile aircraft, such as the 300ER, or A350, why would anyone buy the 777-200LR? I am giving you guys the article to look at here, (And yes I realize this is the source that claims there is a "787-200LR") I would like your thoughts.
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There has been a couple of threads on ANet about why Delta bought some 77Ls, despite having 77Es, and not using the 77Ls to their furthest range.

It seems like on certain missions, 77Ls can perform more efficiently than the 77Es. And I suppose, those who operate 77Ws would rather have the 77Ls (as opposed to another aircraft type, or even just the 77E) for purposes of fleet commonality.

Here is an interesting thread, and in particular, replies #10 and #12 may be helpful:
777-200ER Vs 777-200LR Prices - Airliners.net

And here's another one from 10 years ago:
No ULR Routes For 777-200LR? - Airliners.net
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Re: What is the point of the 777-200LR

Basically because it can fly very far but can also be used for much shorter hops. It can be used ME to Europe and also ME to New Zealand for example. Its quite a versatile aircraft. This would of come into when making a choice on what to buy.
There isn't need for it now we have the 787-9 and 10 in that segment ay Boeing.
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