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Boeing is reviving its campaign to potentially launch the 747 Advanced and is targeting a 2009 launch date to ensure the engine technology for the 787 is fully develo]ped to transition to the larger aircraft.
Not even a month after Airbus officially unveiled the A380, Boeing has put out feelers to possible customers about a larger 747, and plans to decide by mid-year whether to build the stretched plane (DAILY, Feb. 3).
Originally posted by FredT
Boeing has renewed talk regarding a derivative of its 747 aircraft. The 747 Advance would meld some of the 787 technology including its engines (albiet with a smaller fan, but the same basic core) and other items. It would fill a niche between the A340-600 and the A380 in terms of seat size. Both companies still maintain thier forcasts in regards to commercial transports with Boeing saying smaller city pairs and Airbus still advocating high volume hub and spoke models. However, both seem to be hedging thier bets with the A350 and the 747-A. If Boeing were really unsure of its market forecasts, it would have pushed the 747-A as an all composite jumbo. It remains to be seen what the econmomics of the newer tech plane will be and that alone will dictate if companies buy it.
I wonder if we can get some Airbus style "launch aid"????