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Boeing Seeks Feedback From Qantas

Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:47 pm

US aircraft maker Boeing Co said it was seeking feedback from Qantas Airways Ltd on a stretched model of the well known 747 long haul aircraft - its answer to the double decker Airbus 380 superjumbo.

Even so, the company continued to showcase its new generation 300 seat 787 aircraft to Qantas and would be "thrilled" if the carrier signed up to the program, Boeing vice president of 787 sales John Feren said.

"Their fleet studies are beginning to consider what the alternatives are," said Mr Feren, who was meeting Qantas executives in Sydney.

"They have (also) expressed an interest to us in the Boeing 777-300ER and we have just mentioned this airplane to them, 747 Advanced.

"It's fair to say that Qantas is collecting data and is analysing the situation."

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RE: Boeing Seeks Feedback From Qantas

Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:19 pm

I'm sure it came up for all of about 60secs.

There have been at least 11 variations of a proposed 747ADV since 1999, and Qantas are probably unlucky enough to have had their time wasted looking at most of them.

Unless there is a white knight out there willing to place a launch order of 30-50, it isn't going to happen. Even B can't decide how big, how advanced, how much 787 v 777 commonality.
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RE: Boeing Seeks Feedback From Qantas

Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:38 pm

That would be the same QANTAS that bought the passenger version of the 744ER so out of those "11 variations" they're talking to the one airline that actually bought one, ok, not the Adv but an upgraded 744, same day as they bought the A380 too. I believe QF would have spent more than 60 seconds deciding on a $1bn fleet investment.

So IMHO QF may actually give it more than 60 seconds consideration though it appears the real battle will be between the A346 v 773ER for this campaign.

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