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User currently offlineKangar From Ireland, joined Feb 2000, 395 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

Just had a look on PPrune, they're discussing an article from Reuters which seems to suggest Boeing may shelve the 747X in favour of developing a higher speed plane for 150-200 passengers, with a range of around 9000 miles, anyone else heard anything?

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User currently offlineBos-cdg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

See additional link :



User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6811 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

I can confirm that Boeing are planning a double delta-wing aircraft in the seating mentionned above, capable of flying HKG-JFK or SYD-LHR non-stop and vice versa. Cathay is one of the airlines that is on the advisory board. This aircraft would cruise at around Mach 0.97-0.98. This straight from the mouth of our DFO (Director of Flight Operations). He also said that Boeing were no longer 'actively marketing' the 747x. If airlines wanted it, then they could approach Boeing and they would build it, but Boeing is not pestering the airlines to have a look.

User currently offlineERJ135 From Aruba, joined Nov 2000, 727 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

I may be talking out the wrong end here but I read somewhere that Boeing no longer wanted to market the aircraft as a family member of the 747. This would mean that many more changes could be made and there would be far less commonality the the existing 747 derivatives. One thing mentioned was a whole new avionics package and the Use of 777 style windows.
If I understand this correctly it sounds like the 787 could be in the offering and certainly explains why Boeing has lost interest in pushing the 747X series.
This article may however have been way out of date so I wont put my reputation on it.

I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineMadog From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

Ha! So boeing reckons there is no market for VLAs. then why Airbus launched the A380??? Boeing is being silly! I think Boeing is losing the plot here.

User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

This sounds interesting but
20XX description sounds like a 767-777 killer more than any A380 killer to me. Apart from the 10 billion development cost it will be interesting to see projected purchase price and seat-mile costs.
Another point: speedier trans-Atlantic flights are meaningless on overnight flights. And this plane still won't be fast enough to do more than 1-1.5 roundtrips a day. Worth any extra purchase, seat, fuel costs?

` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
User currently offlineNavion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

I think you're the one missing the plot. Let's look at what we know: 1) Development of a new VLA costs $12 Billion U.S. minimum. Airbus is spending this amount. How many orders so far with gigantic discounts (as an SIA executive alluded to A380 pricing BELOW 744 prices!!!), 66!!!! Let's say there are a lot more airlines ordering for their VLA needs and the number swells to 100, 200, even 300!!! Will they make money? Not at 300 especially in light of the enormous discounts given on 100% of the book of business sold so far. 2) How big is the market? Since Airbus has already committed to spending the money and developing the A380, how many VLA's could Boeing possibly sell? I can promise you it wouldn't be enough to make up the investment, much less make a profit, especially in light of the fact there will be 2 manufacturers competing which further pressures profits downward or eliminates them completely. 3) In light of this, Boeing said they would be interested in development of the current 747 using current advanced technologies which would result in equalling the A380 seat mile costs!! This would cost $4 Billion U.S. The Reuters newswire has some airline execs saying they are interested in the 747X (as it is called), but Boeing is not pushing it. NOW WHY WOULD BOEING NOT BE AGGRESSIVELY MARKETING (PUSHING) THE 747X???? Simple, they don't think they can make money in that market. If Boeing thinks it can make money building an aircraft, then they will do it. It's that simple. Buidling planes is no different than any other industry. You have to engage in a profitable activity in order to survive. Let's just look at is as Boeing has saved $4 Billion (for sure) in 747X development costs which can be put into development of actual new technology which breaks new ground, unlike the A380 and 747X which were just further refinements of current layouts and technology. Boeing and Airbus decisions are not childs play, unlike many discussions on this forum.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1492 times:


I have an Airbus flame I would normally type here but will hold off on it.

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

That leaves a potential monopoly kind of for Airbus.

It is a bad and a good move in my eyes.

Bad as potential 747X customers are going to be crying. Poor UAL, BA, and the rest of em. Also, this could have been a great competition chance for Boeing and AI.

Good, as Boeing will be investing in NEW technology, like the delta (although it's still a tube), and it will look nice and fly faster and be techonologically advanced. I think AIrbus hasn;t prepared for this so this will get Boeing into a Niche marcket

Is SIA on teh development team?

Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineCruising From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1480 times:

Alan Mulally, President and CEO of BCAG will make announcement at noon PST today.

Stay tune.

User currently offlineJumboClassic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1470 times:

IMHO, this was a logical move due to several reasons:

1. 747X received a big blow in the form of SQ, QF and FedEx opting for the A380. which left almost no room for profit to be made on the project.

2. Boeing has for long time promoted the point-to-point concept rather than the hub-to-hub. So by offering faster non-stop service between LHR-SYD, this new M95 airplane will in fact compete with the A380s used on the same route (SQ, QF, EK and others).

3. Boeing needed a boost of confidence that could be gained by building a brand-new radical design, which would help them to maintain their image.

The big question stays: will the increase of fuel burn per seat of the new M95 plane be compensated by the time /crew /utilization savings offered? Not much data so far. We'll have to wait and see.

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days ago) and read 1429 times:

Good point. However, what about the amenities?

The bars? The well bigger toilets and that

Yes the 787 will be faster, but will it be that much better.

More detailed explaniatoin later.

Later is now.

I think that Boeing has made a wise diecision. Although I am worried about the prospect of a plane on the SIN - LHR route being faster than the A380.

What would you choose?

Good luck to Boeing. I like competition, between B and A anyway!

What sort of range would this plane have, and how many pax?????

Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days ago) and read 1434 times:

Wow! This IMHO represents a bold move by a typically conservative Boeing. Signalling that they think they can attack the middle market while Airbus is busy at the top end.

Will this be a good move? Only time will tell, Boeing & Airbus are now persuing increasingly diverging strategies. Hopefully we will continue to see two major players in the large commercial aircraft market.

All aviation fans have to relish the thought of an all new, unconventional trijet. Can't wait for Boeing to release more details.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8361 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days ago) and read 1420 times:

I'm not surprised that Boeing is shelving the 747X project.

The reason is simple: United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Japan Airlines, All-Nippon Airways, Korean Air, Air China, and Cathay Pacific Airways--the most likely customers for the 747X series--are currently NOT interested in this plane.

I think they would rather want a smaller jet that can fly long routes in less time. This is why I think it appears that the Yellowstone project may be past the initial concept stage and could be headed for the serious development stage, in fact could even get the Boeing 787 moniker as early as the Paris Air Show this coming June.

User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days ago) and read 1419 times:

i think it is a fact that fuel burn rises non-linearily with speed. so heighten the speed by ten percent would perhaps heighten the fuel burn by twenty percent depending on speed.

so boeing will have to come up with earth shaking improvements with respect to drag or weight to work against higher fuel burn. otherwise there will be a range problem or a price problem. and think of rising oil prices.

there are three examples in the history of jet aviation that show that extra speed does not lead to success but to bankruptcy: convair CV880/990, TU-144, Concorde.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8361 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (15 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1374 times:


The reason why the Convair 880/990, Tu-144 and Concorde were no so fuel-efficient was the fact their basic engine design were not conducive to efficient operation.

The modern high-bypass turbofan's basic layout, the improvements in combustor technology, the improvements in front fan design, and application of sophisticated microprocessor controls on engine functions have drastically reduced seat-mile costs in terms of fuel burn.

The Yellowstone project Boeing is now working on is based on improvements in high-bypass engine designs that will allow the plane to fly Mach 0.95-0.97 with essentially the same fuel burn of current widebody jets.

User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (15 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1348 times:

Would it be possible for Boeing to make the plane go above Mach 1? IF the plane was sent on transatlantic or transpacific flights, over the ocean it would be possible for the plane to cruise over the speed of sound, and then drop down to Mach .95 over land. I am not sure if this would be even possiblew with the engines Boeing wants to use, but it would possibly help as a selling point.

User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1528 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (15 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1312 times:


And I can name three cases where increased speed DID lead to success and phenomenal profitability:


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