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MD-17 Vs 744F

Wed Sep 06, 2000 8:24 am

Boeing seems to be marketing the idea of the MD17, but I don't see anyone biting.

What's wrong with it?
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RE: MD-17 Vs 744F

Wed Sep 06, 2000 11:05 am

My guess:

Little or no demand for bulk cargo carriers. Planes like the An-124 or A300-600ST are very specialized and do specialized jobs pretty well. Plus ocean shipping may well be better for bulk cargo ops intercontinentally. Plus the 747 is familiar... cheaper, readily available. And does FedEx need to life 200,000 lbs of bulk cargo from unprepared dirt strips in the middle of nowhere?
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RE: MD-17 Vs 744F

Wed Sep 06, 2000 11:08 am

I would imagine that a plus for airlines operating B747F aircraft is the common type rating for pilots operating both passenger models and freighter aircraft.
Just a thought!
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RE: MD-17 Vs 744F

Wed Sep 06, 2000 9:11 pm

Very good points.

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