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Airlines and the LR

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Hello Simmers!


I have a question opposite to one posted a while ago here. I'm curious as to why airlines do use the 777-200LR, considering that the routes that they do utilize them on could be reached by the 200ER with relative ease. If it would be more expensive to purchase the LR, why do airlines like Emirates and Delta use it (I realize that it would make sense for Delta on the route to FAOR from KATL, though there's many others that they do use it on)? Several airlines have purchased the model, though are not utilizing them on Ultra-Long Haul routes.


Just curious - not that I'm complaining! The 200LR is an amazing aircraft and those engines are nothing to be whining about.


Thanks for any clarification!






PS - I do realize that there are some benefits in regards to fuel consumption/burn, though is it enough to justify the additional purchase cost?

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I suspect it may be to do with the higher MTOW, although I'm just guessing here.


777-200ER MTOW - 656,000lb

777-200LR MTOW - 766,000lb


(Stats from Wikipedia)

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