Is Dreamliner bigger than 777
Will the Boeing 787 and 777X miss more range?
Air New Zealand has chosen the largest Dreamliner. The airline announced at the end of May that it would order eight Boeing 787-10s. The variant can accommodate up to 330 passengers in two-class seating, which is significantly more than the smaller 787-8 (242 seats) and 787-9 (290 seats). On the other hand, the maximum range of 11,910 kilometers is less than that of the 787-8 (13,620 kilometers) and the 787-9 (14,400 kilometers).
But these range values could change soon. The specialist portal The Air Current reports, citing informants who are familiar with the Air New Zealand Order, that a major factor in the decision was the performance improvements promised by Boeing for the largest Dreamliner. It should be about more range.
Airbus is also upgrading
The aircraft manufacturer is also planning to increase the range of its upcoming long-haul aircraft 777X, which is planned in two versions: Boeing currently specifies a range of 16,090 kilometers for the 777-8. The 777-9 should bring it to 13,940 kilometers. Qantas has already announced the need for more. The Australian airline is looking for an ultra-long-haul jet for its Sunrise project with which it can fly non-stop from Sydney to London Heathrow. That is 17,016 kilometers. She also wants to go to New York JFK without stopping; that's 16,012 kilometers.
Qantas boss Alan Joyce said last year with a view to the project requirements for the Boeing 777X and Airbus ›competitor model A350:" We believe that further work is needed on both jets in order to get there. " The A350-900 currently has a range of 15,000 kilometers, the A350-1000 as much as 15,557 kilometers.
Gym too heavy
Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker had already announced a year ago that Airbus wanted to further increase the range of the A350-1000. "They told us that they could add more tanks to the range," he said. The changes should be available “in the medium term”, according to Al Baker. At the beginning of June, Airbus sales manager Christian Scherer said that both the A350-900 and the A350-1000 could be offered as an ultra-long-haul variant in order to do justice to the Qantas ›project.
Qantas boss Joyce has meanwhile abandoned plans for a gym and real beds on the 20-hour flights, as this would make too high demands on weight. He also said that even after years of preparation, he was still ready to bury the project if it didn't make economic sense. By August, Qantas wants to have the final offers from Boeing and Airbus.
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