posted on Sep, 10 2019 @ 09:13 PM
a reply to: FredT
Thats my feeling to Fred. As you say the history of the short body models for virtually every widebody has been less than stellar. The only one I can
think of that had any success would be the 767-200, and only then because it was the initial model and one of the very first modern twins. Even as far
back as the 707 short fuse airliner derivatives have had limited appeal (the 707-138 specials built for Qantas in 1958 come to mind). The 747SP never
attracted many takers around 50 from the top of my head, and short body A-340's didn't sell half as well as their A-330 twins. The 777-200's sold
reasonably well but were mostly overtaken by the -300ER in later years. And as you pointed to, the 787-3 and 350-800 both died stillborn.
Boeing have offered QF 777-9's with only around 300 pax and an aux tank in the Fwd cargo a la the 744ER. Presumably the offer assumed that the -8ULR
model would be built and the -9's later reconfigured with higher seating. Pricing was also said to be very good. My money is on the 350 though, the
only potential stumbling block there is the currently disastrous relationship with RR that QF has which could sour the deal. However money and
I think pax 777-200 conversions to freighters will most likely target replacement of current 747 conversions and up scaling from 767 freighters. I
still think that a dedicated 777X freighter is likely though, in whatever fuselage length they eventually settle on.
edit on 10-9-2019 by thebozeian because: (no reason given)