The 747ADV will have an MTOW of 930,000 lb. and a range of 8000 nm with a noise footprint 40% less than the 747-400.
Sounds like some of the 747-400QXLR tech will make its way onto the 747-Adv, no pun intended
Very nice numbers and I really hope to see this happen. They are a lot of 747 operators out there where these numbers would garantee the life of the 747 for many years to come.
At this point I think Boeing's best bet is to market this as a very-low risk alternative to the A380 and as a nearly 1:1 744 replacement. Few airlines want to replace an old 744 with a new 744, so a 747-Adv might prevent those airlines from finding some way to justify the A380.
If there are any commonality ties (in terms of systems and engines) then Boeing might have atleast put their foot in the door, which for now, is better than nothing.
Using its US international rules, Boeing claims that the 747ADV will have 19% lower trip costs and 3% lower seat-mile costs than an A380 with 542 passengers.
And when compared with an A380 in an SQ
-like configuration of less than 500 seats, I'm sure this is even more favorable for the 747-Adv... though the 747 would not match the A380s comfort.... that is to say, unless Boeing can pull off some *very* innovative cabin enhancements.