Boeing may drop the 747X in favour of their M.95 200-seater. This new plane, one must say, sounds a good deal more exiting than the 747X. A delta wing and speedier travel would be more new winds in air travel, which are always welcome. The 9000-mile range and size mean, (now assuming this is a real project and not another pr maneuver. American corporations are often dis) that Boeing is seriously betting on fragmentation.
Another thing is, if the extra speed really is enough. .95 is only 13% faster than existing designs, so Boeing's concorde metaphors are clearly out of place. The plane, though, might look extremely nice to the eye. In fact, i'd like to see some CGI pictures...
One point is that there might me a similar trend as in mobile phones - it's not the technology or efficiency as such, but the looks that count. The 380 is marketed as large, sumptuous, luxurious and "heavy" in every sense of the word (well, not the literal one obviously) and this one would be "swift", an adjective that fits pleasantly to planes. I can't imagine anyone's schedules would be affected in any way if their flight was 10% faster or slower, but it certainly makes a marketing point.