N328KF wrote:WayexTDI wrote:N328KF wrote:
Sure, but those 747-8Is will have a long lifetime as converted freighters.
Who is going to pay the development cost for the -8i freighter conversion? At the max, 47 frames can be converted; that's a lot of money just in R&D per frame...
I bet it won't be as hard to figure out 747-8I conversion as it would be A380 conversion. After all, they do have a template to draw upon (747-400BCF.)
The -8 fuselage is longer than the -400; that will require a lot of computation, very close to starting from scratch (unless they want to overengineer it, which will drastically add weight and reduce payload).
Still, 47 frames max to recoup cost, plus the actual conversion cost and margin. Pricey