Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1095 times:
Still, we have to differ between the "Longer Range B747-400" (ordered by Qantas) on the one hand, and the B747X (stretched) on the other hand. Boeing confuses people by introducing the "Longer Range" prefix to current designations, e.g. B767-400 and B747-400, which aren't any kind of "new" models - just enhanced versions. In opposite to these "longer range" upgrades, the B747X will be a completely new airliner, based on the B747-400, with stretched fuselage, new wings, etc.! Boeing should dub the new model B747-500X to clear up the potential misunderstanding. BTW, I heard that FedEx was in negotiations with Boeing to acquire the B747X Freighter (in addition to the A380-100F or by cancelling the Momerandum of Understanding with Airbus???). Keep in mind, a MoU does not necessarily mean the airline will acquire the related aircraft!
Sm92 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 131 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1063 times:
In regards to "FedEx was in negotiations with Boeing to acquire the B747X Freighter (in addition to the A380-100F or by cancelling the Momerandum of Understanding with Airbus???)," I was wondering where you heard that. I would think that after the order for the A380, there is no chance for the 747 of any kind at FedEx.
Joni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1055 times:
Boeing has not launched 747X or 747XS, but may launch them in the future if they get enough launch orders. Boeing's leadership has said they consider it unlikely they'll build either plane, but as said it may well still happen.