I can see this thread can only get funnier.
Sorry Marc, we are talking apples/oranges. In the `60s/`70s hover cars were `soon' going to allow us to commute at 500 mph up to 10,000 feet high etc bla bla. As to hover landing gear for airliners, its a micro-niche market at best. Those magazines have been citing research by well-known companies for years. Fine. But, like most concept cars they rarely amount to much.
Jiml1126, re: Flight Int'l and the SC, they also quoted one airline warning that Boeing is [wrongly] basing all their figures on premium fares ([a la Concorde but without the govt.bail out able to be factored in]). And unlike the 777, Boeing said there will -not- be the same `Working Together' philosophy because the airlines are much more competitive in this niche area.
And only 15 airlines interested so far? More were interested in a) Concorde and b) the Boeing 2707 when they were further from taking to the air.
` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '