Fiedman From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 210 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
My Question that I want to throw out there is I am seeing with the newer Boeing and Airbus aircraft's are starting their fleets out with series -800 rather then start at -100 or -200 and working up from there just curious as to the reasoning why?
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2560 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1966 times:
Marketing, marketing, marketing. The only reason they do it is to make the aircraft look more advanced rather than being the 'first' of a series. It's the same reason you don't see a 'Model A' car anymore. Now it's often more like a 'Ford Exploder GT-XLS-R'. It doesn't mean a thing other than making you feel like you really want one.
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
I went on the Boeing tour (PAE) yesterday to see what was new since two years ago and the tour guide mentioned something about this while viewing the 747-8 production line. (The first 747-8F can be viewed along with the 777 and 787 lines.) Apparently the 8 in the new 747 is related to the 787 being as it has similar avionics, etc. I'm not sure why the current 787 production model is the "-8" though.
Quoting HAL (Reply 2): The only reason they do it is to make the aircraft look more advanced rather than being the 'first' of a series.