747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3884 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3505 times:
I was wondering, seeing that sales of the 747-8I are not going so well right now, should Boeing have gone with lunching the tri alxe 763-246C? The 763-246C basicly had the same section 41 as a 777, but with four engines and a much wider body, so it could have been like on the 757 and 767, a pilot who is type rated for a 777, could have flown on this a/c. Do not get me wrong, I was happy to see that Boeing was updating the 747 back in 2005, but I just wonder, could the 763-246C been a better option.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 32094 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3470 times:
There is little data available on the concept beyond the basic dimensions and that it would have flown 16,000km and carried between 450-550 people. Even with such little data, I have a feeling the plane would have been far too heavy to be economically effective both in general and against the A380-800.
With a 12-abreast three-aisle cabin, you would have significant wasted space in the crown and hold areas. Boeing did have a Skyloft plan for the crown, but considering how that gained no traction for the 747-8, I don't see it having gained any traction on the 763-246C.
And such a plane would have cost significantly more than the 747-8 to develop and bring to market.