Joni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2627 times:
I assume you're meaning that Airbus is comparing the 380 to 744, not 747X. The reason may be that 744 has well-defined specs, whereas Airbus is not privy to 747X designs, and it's likely even Boeing doesn't know the exact performance of 747X. Rumour is that that design is still in a rather early phase, and the likelyhood that 747X will be built is no longer as large as it was a few months ago.
SIN_SQ From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
Cliperb777, you are correct...but
Airbus Industrie heavily advocates and publicises A380 for several years before official launch last year. They are beginning to get a REAL life plane out of massive blueprint.
They are even planning and coordinating the transport of materials and completed parts to assembly plant as well as giving tenders to contractors to build the 21st Century plane.
Oh...this is going to be very very exciting for aviation industry. Hate it or like it, you are gonna see a real A380 soon. We all are waiting for some orders for B747X coming in. We do not know when Boeing finally builds B747X.
Boeing has no firm orders for B747X at this moment. So it remains on drawing board.