Originally Posted by Speculator
Outside of more Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Caribbean, if it happens, it will be ICN or NRT, with an outside chance at PVG. It will also likely be a carrier flying 787 assuming the 787-8 has the range.
Yes, the Dreamliner has the range to make it to ICN, NRT and/or PVG.
In fact, based on a 8,000nm range, a B788 or B789 could make it to: SYD, MEL, JNB, DEL, all of South America, etc. from AUS. Pretty much the entire world except for the locations in and around the Indian Ocean basin (including most of Indonesia and western Australia).
Furthermore, the forthcoming A350 (and its variants) will have comparable ranges...
Carriers with equipment delivered or on order (pertinent to this conversation - Asian & European routes):
B788 - All Nippon, American, British, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, Japan, Qatar, & United
B789 - Air China, Air France, All Nippon, American, British, Etihad, Japan, Korean, United, & Virgin Atlantic
B787-10 - British, Etihad, Singapore, & United
A358 - Asiana & Hawaiian
A359 - Aer Lingus, Air Asia X, Air China, Air France, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta, Etihad, Japan, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore, & US Airways
A350-10 - Asiana, British, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Japan, Qatar, & United
*NOTE: To reiterate, these are not the only airlines which possess or have these equipment variants on order. Also, any Central or South American carrier was ignored at this time.