Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10054 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
I agree with United Airline.
I´m only slightly pessimistic about how much the economy might recover. From a german standpoint the current crisis is the worst since Hitler was blown to hell were he belongs.
Anyway, my predict:
A. All 744s and most 742s built in the 80s. Almost all built in the 70s will not return.
B. Yes, I also think that about 50% of the 747 market of the mid 90s will be the size of the 747 market in 10 years time. The rest will be eaten by A380, A346 and B773ER.
C. Boeing will launch a 747 NG in about 5 years time when the A380 will be reality and Boeing can respond to reality, and not promises as today. Please note that most airlines have sufficient enough 744s at the moment and most are to young to look for replacements right now. Even in a mediocre economical situation I bet the production pace will rise again modestly in 3 or 4 years. There will always be airlines for whom the 773/A346 is too small and the A380 to big.
D. I have no idea, anything between 200 and 500 is possible. All depends on the economy and whether Boeing will bring a clever 747 NG with abilities to harm the A380´s sales.
E. I think that Boeing will keep the 747 line open even if they only built 5 per year for a 4-5 year period - when there´s light at the end of the tunnel. Even in the very worst case the 747 will be built for another 5 years. The chance that the 747 line will still be open after 2010 is more than 50%. The 757 line is in greater danger and likely close latest when the 7E7 comes. And the 767 as well if the USAF doesn´t come as the "knight in shining armour" (why don´t they wait for the 7E7 and chosse the ailing 767 anyway?).
F. Depends on if Boeing can launch a 747NG and if there is a mjor breakthrough in air travel costs (i.e. far lower fuel consumption). If no 747NG:
If a 747NG comes:
United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9036 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3404 times:
I think all the B 747 CLASSICS will be replaced by B 777s or A 340s BUT NOT THE B 747-400s. Airlines will probably replace B 747-400s with newer B 747s in the future, hopefully on a one to one basis.
NONE of the aircraft type is doing well right now. HOWEVER, the Economy will not forever be in recession and it will rebounce one day. And one more thing, airlines are satisfied with their current B 747-400s and they need not order anymore. Besides they are still very new.
Boeing will build a new B 747 one day to compete with the A 380. Do expect airlines like United (If they pull through), British Airways, Virgin, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Air New Zealand (Maybe) ordering it
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3392 times:
I'm not hugely bullish on the 747's future but when the market eventually recovers, there may yet be demand, especially for the freighter. Of course, this too will be depressed due to the large number retired from passenger service available for conversion to freighters. I think if travel demand resumes robust growth, a steady, if modest need for 747s (416 to 470 pax std. seating, the latter assuming Boeing undertakes a stretch urged by Lufthansa) will continue. As for an 'NG' 747, Boeing already has it's currently shelved 430 pax 747X and its' stretched 502 pax variant fully designed and could offer them anytime the market asked. Not a direct A380 competitor but an alternative for some, if the price is sufficiently less. I suppose there's a fair chance the line could continue for another 25-30 years or more. I'm certainly looking forward to my first 747 flight, the outbound leg of a BA flight I'll soon take, with Concorde on the return leg. Long live the 747-at least I hope so.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3369 times:
Conceptually, their NLA (New Large Airplane) was very similar to the A380 (as was McDonnell-Douglas's MD-12) but Boeing never saw a large enough market to commit a reported $12 - $15 billion to it, which is why they looked instead at enlarging the 747. As you may recall, it looked for awhile in the early to mid-90's as though Boeing AND Airbus would collaborate on such an airplane but negotiations reached an impasse and both companies went their separate ways; this discussion breakdown solidified Airbus's plans to develop the (then) A3XX while Boeing designed the soon to be aborted 747-500X/600X.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3229 times:
"Anyone remember the shelved B 747-700, as well as the BWB?"
Yes, the -700 was a largely new model, with more changes than the -500X/600X. I think it was a later exercise to distract potential (then) A3XX buyers. The BWB was inherited from McDonnell-Douglas and promises dramatic efficiency, doing with 3 engines what the A380 does with 4. However, it would probably be hugely expensive to develop, possibly around $15-$20 billion or more so Boeing would probably have to find a major partner, like Lockheed-Martin (?) to help shoulder the costs. Pressurizing the non-cylindrical fuselage would be a major challenge but it seems a logical step ahead for fuel-efficiency.