There are only 344 777Xs on firm order at present. As many as 59 of these orders are soft. The aircraft has been available for sale since May 2013, during a period of near-record global airline profitability. This calls into question the market viability of the 777X – and whether Boeing will ever break even on the program.
VLA demand is limited; Airbus’s forecast seems overly optimistic.
777X order book is concentrated on just a handful of customers.
Middle East carriers account for two-thirds of 777X orders.
Inferior economics limit the 777-8 to a narrow niche like the 777-200LR.
777-9 economics outweighed by trip cost risk, lower yield of marginal seats.