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Why Not Call It The 747-500?  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

The differences between the 747-300 and -400 were large, but not as large as those between the -400 and the -400XQWERTYUIOP or whatever it's called. So instead of lining up all those letters, why don't they just nix the whole lettering thing and call it the -500? Am I the only one who thinks that would be kinda' neat?


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User currently offlineEal401 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

Would that be the 747-400X that was ditched by Boeing months and months ago??

 Insane


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

No no, I'm referring to the new XQLR one.


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User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

DROP IT! Who cares what they call it!? No need to get your panties in a bunch over it. We have endured three days so far of constant angst over the designation of the new 744 derivative, mostly from smart*ss Airbus fanatics that like to pick at any perceived scab that they can...the same people who would have no problem if Airbus decided to call the A380 the Jumbo SkySausage. If they did, would it change anything about the plane?

I guess I am forgetting the two most important factors an airline CEO has to consider...how it looks, and what it's called.....




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User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

EAL and CWA, calm the frig down. Where did all of this misplaced anger and animosity come from? Totally out of the blue in regards to this poor 747-600X poster.


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
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You can ask the same question about airbus. Why didn't they call the A380 a A350?


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User currently offlineZahid From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

What I read about naming of A380 is that the 8 denotes the dual-deck. It was promoted by the Airbus Marketing Department and eventually got accepted.

User currently offline456 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2001, 326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

And because the 8 is seen as a lucky number in Asia.

User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

There's no anger...it's just a stupid, rediculous thing to be concerned with...and it keeps coming up over and over again...in the other 2 threads, plus this specially dedicated thread! WHO CARES?!



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User currently offlineLeigh Pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Probably wrong in saying this!, but the 747 is old, why not just build a 747-500/600 and extened the upper deck with FBW technology, If Airbus bring out the Airbus A380 although it will cause havock at airports, airlines are going to purchase that and not spend money on a 747-400XQR or whatever its called because these not much change, apart from being able to carry more fuel and fly further?


Thanks,

Leigh


User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

Airlines who cannot fill a 550 seat A380 may still opt for a 747 if that's what they need. It would be expensive to operate 3/4 full A380 over a packed 747.

There really isn't a big enough market out there to support two A380 size planes. Airbus got their design out first (boeing probably wasn't even considering anything similair, not that it matters) so Airbus will get the market share of aircraft over 400 seats.



User currently onlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13507 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2284 times:
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FWIW, I totally agree. The new version of the B-747 needs to be denoted as the -500 series. Adding on extra letters just gets too cumbersome after awhile. Besides, the changes in the construction itself warrants being known as a new subtype.


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User currently offlineBigginhill From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Does anyone need the A380 or 747-500 or whatever you want to call it? You hardly see a 747 coming into Heathrow from the USA anymore its all 777's. And lets face it there is bound to be another terroist attack or conflict in the Gulf soon. Then here we go again with all those empty seats.

User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2997 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

Sounds like a pretty good idea to me!


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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6384 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

The plane will get a name when or if it gets launched.

Today the XQLR is nothing but a proposal for a slight facelift of a 15 years older subtype.

It gets launched and gets a name when or if customers show interest in buying it.

If every slight facelift proposal of the 747 since 1969 has added one hundred to the subtype number, then we would have been far out in thousands long time ago.



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User currently offlineSpaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

I think Boeing already had a plane called the 747-500. This plane was design with the 600 serie 747. Unfortunately it got shelved along with the 600 since Boeing belived that the market for these planes were not significant enough to justify the production of them.
After that happened Boeing came out with the SC and they claim that's where the future market will be.


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