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Any New 747 Customers?  
User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

will the 747 ever have any new customers, like first time operators it seems most carriers are opting for the A340 or 777 


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User currently offlineConair From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Hello Airmale.
I really like the 747 it is probably my favourite aircraft, especially the 400 model. Having said that it is now a thirty odd year design and i should imagine most of the airlines which can sustain this level of traffic have already bought them. I think now that the design has probably only got a limited amount of growth in it. I believe Boeing are talking about a stretch of the aircraft with their 747x proposal's but where do you go beyond that apart from various aerodynamic improvement's etc. The 777-200/300 seems to be slipping into the role of a 747 classic replacement and beyond that there is the A3xx on the horizon. I remember in the mid 1960's when the 747 was still in the development phase there was serious doubt's as to wheather there was a market for it, but after Pan am bought it the rest followed and allthough there was a lean period in the 70's the rest is history. It will be very interesting to see how theA3xx programe progres'es. It seem's to have got of to a good start.


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

It depends whether one counts customers who have operated used jumbos but are buying a *new* 747 for the first time. An example is Polar Air, which recently took delivery of its first 747-400F, though the airline has operated converted classics since its founding. Another newcomer is Atlas Air. I agree with Conair that any new customers of pax examples are unlikely, but there still exists possibilities in the freight market.


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User currently offlineChiawei From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 938 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

There may be a market for Chinese carrier for 744 domestic.

User currently offlinePakistania From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Air Kazakstan is also a first time operator they have some 747SPs in their fleet, or are they out.

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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

i wouldve liked to have seen the 747-400 in the fleets of Turkish airlines and Vietnam airlines and in former operators Sri Lankan and Swissair, maybe well get a pleasent surprise in the future, considering the tourist market of Italy, Spain and Greece im surprised none of them opted for the 744, why did Alitalia change their order for the type to the 777 


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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7927 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Maybe, just maybe...


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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2541 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1232 times:

AirNZ, has order a couple of 747LGW ones. The new ones. They are to be with the fleet in 2004-2006

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User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1231 times:

The 747 product life cycle is coming to an end. Boeing can either ectend the cycle with advanced derivative. A stretch 747 using existing wing offers only limited potential. True growth will be possible if Boeing uses an all new wing design. Again, it all depends on the market outlook before one will see either a limited upgrade or a complete revamp in the design (new wings etc.) comes into being.

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