Great read! Glad to hear more news on this beast!
If Boeing follows through... it's going to be a true winner!
In my opinion, this is the best selling point even though it sounds very 'Airbusesque':
Boeing stresses the commonality between the B747 Advanced and its B777 and 7E7 aircraft. “We are taking a lot of what we have developed for the B777, a lot of the strategies that we have put together with the flight deck commonality with the 7E7 and, again, a lot of development for the landing gear of the B777,” he said.
“We would cover a 200-300 seat market, a 300-400 seat market and a 400-500 seat market, all with a family of planes that would be able to fly together.”
With some cross-training, the same pilot will be able to handle all three. Existing customers want the B747 to be able to fly further, into the B777-200ER range, said Faye. That way aircraft can be moved around the fleet, servicing the same long-range routes, but being switched depending on seat demand. Similar engine technology to the 7E7 will be employed, with similar nacelles, common tools and common parts."
Airbus or Boeing - it's all good to me!