I was thinking about which planes in IF need a rework and such, and which ones should be given priority. Then, thinking about the current state of global aviation, I thought of a couple reasons why having the 777 being one of the most updated aircrafts in the game is a good thing.
The overall idea is that the 777 is becoming the king of long haul routes (in terms of Boeing aircraft)
- Route replacement: As many of you know, commercial 747’s and A380’s are being rapidly retired, partly due to COVID-19, partly due to them just frankly being older models. Even though many of these aircraft are getting the boot, the routes are still being flown and need aircraft flying them. So what aircraft replace 747/A380 routes? The 777. Meaning that the 777 is in much higher demand and much more routes are being flown on it, and it is much more popular. So if it’s popular in real life, people are gonna wanna fly it more on IF and it’ll have popular demand on the simulator as well
An example of a 747/A380 route replaced by the 777: Amsterdam to Los Angeles on KLM
KLM and Qantas both recently retired their 747’s and we had a FNF about it. Now, instead of KLM flying the 747 from AMS-LAX, they fly the KLM 77W.
- 777 Variant Development: As many of you have also heard, Boeing is testing out it’s new, lovely 777X and should be commercially used by 2021. When it starts being used IRL, of course the pilots in IF will want to fly it on the simulator too. Since the 777 will have just been recently reworked, the devs will already have the basic foundation and fundamentals down so putting the 777X in-game shouldn’t take very long or be much more work, and we can somewhat easily get it in the game quickly.
So that’s my support for the 777 rework. To stimulate productive conversation, feel free to explain why YOU think the 777 rework is a good thing, or what other aircraft should take rework priority after the 777 variants are finished.