Cathay is considered a prime candidate 747 Advanced.
Sources at the airline told ATWOnline that Cathay is impressed by the new offering, "which represents a significant improvement on previous upgrades."
Takeoff weight of the 747-400 Advanced is put at 928,048 lb. with two plugs of 5 ft. aft and 6.63 ft. forward of the wing. In a typical three-class configuration it will carry 448 passengers to a range of 9,400 nm.
Boeing presented Cathay and Qantas with a new interior that features the 777 style as fitted to the 747-400ER operated by Qantas plus a new arrangement at entry door No. 2 that sets out to emulate the A380 entry with more space. Also, the stairs to the upper deck will be moved to the far side of the cabin.
Key to the design are the 7E7 engines, and while Boeing maintains that the 747 Advanced will follow the 7E7, insiders said airlines such as Cathay will force the pace of development and the new 747 will appear before the 7E7.
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For the freighter version, Boeing will add extra length to try and tap the package market. With a 16.7-ft. stretch, the freighter will have a maximum takeoff weight of 957,990 lb. Both new models will feature raked wingtips, a speed increase to Mach 0.86 and meet the most stringent noise requirements.