I know that this is just a pure sketch and that they are miles from the final design if there is one. Just how on earth will the jetway reach door 1 with those canards?
Anyway here are the comments of the ILFC CEO on the new plane:
Los Angeles, March 29 (Bloomberg) -- John Plueger, chief operating officer of International Lease Finance Corp., comments on Boeing's potential development of a new aircraft that could fly at close to the speed of sound.
"It's an interesting concept. If you can whack an hour off going from Los Angeles to New York, then that's significant. If you can shave three hours off going from Los Angeles to Singapore, that's significant.''
"What it comes down to, as anything else, is the price. If airlines can have lower trip and lower seat-mile costs, primarily because of the fuel savings, and Boeing can produce it cheaply enough, it ought to go well.''
"Technologically, we need to see a little bit more understanding of how they're going to make it work. You get these Mach buffets and other phenomena at that speed. Presumably this would be a high-altitude airplane. It would fly routinely about 45,000 feet. That would be absolutely critical in order to avoid as much as possible the air infrastructure.''
"The fact they're coming up with this new high-speed airplane shows that they're trying to think outside the box. The criticism of Boeing has been, 'All your products are aging and all you're doing is making derivatives of the same basic products.' Granted, the derivatives are in many cases greatly improved, but a 767-400 is still a 767, and a 757-300 is still a 757. Even the next-generation 737 is based upon a design that's now 25 years old.''
"Boeing was right when they said there's not room for two A380s. The fact is, Airbus decided it was going to build the A380, not Boeing. In that large, big-jet size, there probably is only room for one provider -- and Airbus decided they wanted it, and Boeing decided it was too much risk.''
"The only airplane Boeing has produced in the last 15 years that's been a clean sheet of paper design from day one is the 777, and it's their best-selling widebody. In fact it's the real success in the Boeing product line. Boeing is perfectly capable of building an excellent airplane that can leapfrog technology, be state of the art and in demand. I think that's what they're trying to do on this high-speed, high-altitude airplane.''
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004