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Boeing will limit its hiring of local engineers for design of the 747-8, the new derivative of its iconic jumbo jet, and give a major role to engineers at Boeing's Moscow Design Center and at outside suppliers.
Originally posted by Harlequin
Theres a number of issues with the aircraft - it will need type certifying , boeing wanted it as a variant of the 74 family - FAA said no its new so needs a full test, and orders have been really slow
80 freighters and 20 of the passenger aircraft does not bode well for a new flag carrier type.
Ross Bogue, 747-8 vice-president and general manager, says that in the wake of the A380 delay, several airlines postponed purchase decisions for 747-200 and 747-400 replacements.
He also believes that the 525-seat A380 and the 461-seat 747-8I should not be viewed by the market as competitive aircraft types. Rather, he says, the 747-8I occupies a standalone niche in the ultra-long range widebody market.