I have a question:
Both LH and EK(if it orders) are planning to configure the 748I for 400 passengers in a tri-class configuration. (Boeing states 467 pax in tri-class)
NW configures its 744's for 403 passengers, and I believe most other 744 users have similar configurations for tri- class, long range flights. (Boeing states 416 pax in tri-class)
It has been estimated that a 744 length 748I could fly 800+ nm further than the current 18ft stretch configuration
(In fact, as we know, increasing the stretch from nearly 13ft to 18ft cut 300nm of range)
logically then, a 744 length 748I would use tens of thousands of pounds less fuel and structural weight to transport the same payload as the 748I across the same range.
What does all this add up too? a direct trade of nearly all the 744 to 748 efficiency gains for passenger comfort and luxury.
So much for LH boasting about its "environmentally friendly" 748. Also, its going to mean no break for ticket prices from "efficiency gains". Boy, talk about catering to the wealthy. Remember when the 747 was heralded as introducing affordable air travel to the masses?
Oh, I'm sorry, not enough personal space for you on your flight? Cry me a river!