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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Forensick
Travel is increasing, but with the Max and other long range narrowbodies, there's less hub and spoke and more point to point. Even if they put a new engine on it, production is dead, and several customers are talking about early retirement of their aircraft.
originally posted by: thebozeian
a reply to: Zaphod58
The freighter version died because it was going to be crap as a freighter, that's why FedEx cancelled their order. I forget the exact technical reason, it was to do with payload versus fuel load but basically a 747 freighter is better. Funnily enough though a number of early aircraft were actually built as 380-F's including at least one for QF (VH-OQD I think), but were completed as -800's after the failure of the freighter version. I was told what the difference was at the time, Ill see if I can ask the brains trust what the differences are and get back to you.