|Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):|
based on structural efficiency/capability or an attempt to keep enough passenger capacity between it and the 747-8
Interesting point Stich ... because I have heard (will post links as soon as I can re-trace them!) tha Boeing are going to also increase the internal width available within the 777X family cabin by introducing some of the structural methods/configurations learnt from the 787. Basically, to ease the burden of having 10 abreast seating - If Airliners operating the aircraft *cough* Emirates *cough* are caring enough to push OEMs for this. Of course, the real structural question that arises is the limit to which Boeing can 'thin' the fuselage walls and increase length within a safe/realisitc envelope.
I agree .... that actually, as much as I love to see more A380s and B747-8s going head to head in the skies - and looking at how far they have managed to increase the length of the 747-8 from 744 (also A346 from A343) I 'Feel' that Boeing has this potential to stretch the 777X all the way - or maybe it becomes an emergency exit problem (where they might have to add a set of one more?)
I'm quite excited to see what this aircraft might look like - I think Kemjee had done a few renderings - but the new version might get smaller diameter engines?
Visual Ogling aside - it could be a case of both A and B seeing rapid shifts in the way markets repond, and they want an aircraft that sits neither there nor here, rather than having something highly specialised. To me this certainly seems to be the strategy that A took with A35J.
There's Method in the Madness ...