EDIT: Another way to phrase the question is, given an extra long runway, does it make sense to substitute mechanical braking (which is the primary way to slow down in a typical situation) partially or completely with something else, to reduce brake wear / roll down the runway faster?
Consider an airliner landing on a very long runway (e.g. Boeing 737 landing on 12,000 feet+). The pilots are planning to vacate the runway near the end, so there is a lot of distance to spare.
Ignore noise procedures, and assume there is no traffic behind to suggest an early exit. What would be the preferred way to slow down the aircraft in this scenario?
- Light application of reverse thrust only, no brakes?
- Light application of brakes only, no reverse thrust?
- Moderate braking until below a certain speed (e.g. 80 knots), then "coast" the airplane down the runway?
(This question addresses the primary means to slow down after a typical landing, while this question is about an idealistic case where there is plenty of braking capacity to spare.)