As for Seattle... Don't mock his Tu-154. He wiped the floor with me using them in Beta. It was bloody.
Why thank you.
I have alot of experience with them and as said earlier, (well, actually, at least to me) the higher fuel consumption is made up with
A) Ability to get like 10 (?) a month, with typically no more than 20-30 order ahead of you
B) Ability to grow exponentially, while you competition is frozen
C) Ability to eventually replace them (if you want) with something more fuel efficient when the lines are smaller
D) The fact that its only like 24 million
If you have a Air Travel Boom account, look up Aquablue Airlines, I have 70 of those great planes.