In the article Boeing Launches Long-Haul Passenger Jet, Boeing introduced its new plane. The 777-200LR "Worldliner" was produced to compete with the new British-made “Airbus” (The world’s largest commercial jet). Even though the 777 is capable of flying 9,420 nautical miles in one trip, and carry 101 metric tons, it takes a lot of gas to fuel these behemoths. I view these airplanes like the gas hungry SUV’s, starving an already gas dependent world.
Boeing stated the seat-mile costs of the 777 to be 15% to 18% lower than other models, but this is the optimal number of seat to gas per mile ratio. This sounds well and good, but just like the SUV’s, the plane will not always be full. For sometime the airlines have been in trouble, running empty flights and companies filing chapter 11. This is like a mom driving a Hummer; she hauls the kids once in a while, but the full use of the vehicle is rarely at maximum optimization. http://story.news.yahoo.com/newstmpl=story&cid=580&e=2&u=/nm/20050216/bs_nm/transport_boeing_dc