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MD-17 Vs 744F  
User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Boeing seems to be marketing the idea of the MD17, but I don't see anyone biting.

What's wrong with it?

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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

My guess:

Little or no demand for bulk cargo carriers. Planes like the An-124 or A300-600ST are very specialized and do specialized jobs pretty well. Plus ocean shipping may well be better for bulk cargo ops intercontinentally. Plus the 747 is familiar... cheaper, readily available. And does FedEx need to life 200,000 lbs of bulk cargo from unprepared dirt strips in the middle of nowhere?

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

I would imagine that a plus for airlines operating B747F aircraft is the common type rating for pilots operating both passenger models and freighter aircraft.
Just a thought!

User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1317 times:

Very good points.

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