Market Presence. The B777-200 has experienced the fate of most initial variants of a new model –marginalization within the first decade of service entry. This should provide some pause for thought when considering other newer widebodies. The difference for the -200 lay with the expectation that such an outcome could be avoided or at least delayed. Initial financings of the B777-200 made great play of the payload/range characteristics of the -200 but avoided the historical benefit of improving payload/range capability that allowed subsequent variants to overshadow the initial offering. The placement of only 88 orders is testament to how unfavorably operators view the capabilities of the -200.
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