Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2108 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
In short, no. At least not any time soon. Boeing has consistantly downplayed the market need for Super-Jumbo type planes. It's uncertain how big of a market there will be, and the consensus seems to be that Airbus is taking a big risk by developing the 380 at a cos of $11 Billion or so. They claim to have 66 orders or so at this point, and they'll need more. Boeing WAS offering a further stretched version of the 747, but they seem to have effectively abandoned that when they announced that R&D resources would be focused on the new mach 0.95 plane. THe fact that they had received a total of ZERO orders for the 747X was undoubtedly a factor! If you ask me, that seems like a bigger gamble than even the 380!
In any case, if Boeing does eventually develop a full double-decker, we won't likely see it for a long, long time. (In less they just come up with something that is based on a 747 with the top deck stretched even further back. I don't know my aerospace engineering very well, but my impression is that we won't be seeing anything like THAT.)
Lukino99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
Jean why don't you like the 747? I think inside it looks awesome, especially the new ones....they have tv's in the economy class (and in Malaysian Airlines you can also choose from 3-4 movies and play video games with it in economy class) I've been in it once....it's awesome. The first class is also one of the best ever!
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2108 posts, RR: 21 Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
Well, probably. I'm a bit of an odd duck. Honestly, I don't think that there's anything wrong with it, and I admire it for all it's done... And it's amazing that after 30 or so years, it's still the biggest thing flying! But... I'm pretty young, and I didn't start getting into planes until a few years ago, around the time the 777 came out. AS far as long range widebodies, I much prefer it. Also, as far as 4-Engine widebodies, for that matter, I really like the A340. So... nothing against the plane, I know it really rocks. But, being really past it's prime, I think, it's never really appealed to me in the time that I've been interested in planes. No disrespect intended though, and i do enjoy watching them land, big as they are!