Tolosy From Luxembourg, joined Oct 2003, 357 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7855 times:
Yesterday, I was at Farnborough and had a great time as usual.
I was pleased to see so many different fighters, although I think that demonstrations were shorter than the previous year (1996-1998).
But I was surprised to see that Boeing came with the 747-400 (SAA and Cathay Pacific, the latter in a nice livery) and not a Boeing 737 NG or even a 777-300.
Although a wonderful plane, the 747 is not the most recent plane. So I was wondering why they came with a 744, is it to bring some sort of competition to the A380 or simply because they have seen no points in showing the 773.
Does anyone has a clue??
However, it was wonderful to see a display with the 747!!!
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11307 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7728 times:
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You have to remember that it costs an airline money to withdraw an aircraft to bring an aircraft to an aviation show due to loss of revenue. Even if the plane is at a nearby airport as was the case with the CX B744, but it will still cost the airline thousands of dollars in petrol costs just to do like a 10 minute flying display. The CX B744 was used most likly cause CX only had a B744 available at LHR and no other airline was wiling to fly a plane to the show just to do like a 10 minute display. Hope this answers your question.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 9597 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7642 times:
I read somewhere the reason was some Rolls-Royce anniversary.
And - the 747 is far more popular than a 777.
Plus Boeing might have been fearing that the Airbus competition aircraft A340 would steal "the cream of the show" (orders). What didn´t happen as VS delayed its decision.
Gman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7578 times:
Personally I feel it's because the 747 has the WOW!!!!! factor with aviation enthusiasts and the general public whereas the 777 just doesn't have the same appeal by a long way. As has been mentioned all aircraft from the A340-600 to the Spitfire XIX at the Farnborough Air Show were Rolls Royce powered for their 100 year celebrations. The display of the 747's were most probably organised by Rolls Royce directly with the SAA and Cathay Pacific and not through Boeing.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7673 posts, RR: 19 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7386 times:
It probably also has something, or rather everything, to do with the availability of a 777-300ER demonstrator. Since the plane is already out of the certification process and in revenue service they don't have any lying around that are their own planes to bring over to Farnborough. And the airlines that are operating them don't want to pull them out of service for a display.
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Lnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1588 posts, RR: 17 Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5192 times:
May I hazard an opinion, and state that it may be the last time a 747 holds the reign as the "biggest passenger" jet and 'wows' the crowd, before the A380 debuts?
Could be just Boeing playing mind-games, and throwing out the proverbial "nah nah" tongue-sticking-out moment "We did it first!!!" (coupled with the facts that others have stated, i.e, nearest airline who was willing to fly in, was South African, costs $$ etc)
And, who would blame them? The 747 is a truly magificent and majestic bird, and we will forever remember it as the "TRUE" first ever "Jumbo Jet".
Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11433 posts, RR: 81 Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4715 times:
imho Boeing really has no reason to spend the $ to put a big airliners at the show until something really different comes along. It costs boeing a good bit more to fly something over from Renton or Everett than it does to bring it from Toulouse and Boeing has already displayed all the new product. I have a hunch that the 7E7 will be the next really big Boeing display at an airshow. Until then we will have to be happy with the excellent displays and the odd 73G or Connexion bird.