This is all form, while I am for the 747(I just don't trust joysticks
), it could easily be reversed, like this:
FedEx says Boeing 747X quantum leap over Airbus jet
PARIS, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The head of FedEx Corp (NYSE:FDX - news) said on Thursday the company had committed to purchasing a freighter version of the Boeing 747X superjumbo because the plane was light years ahead of Airbus Consortium's competing jet.
Frederick Smith, chief executive of the world's number two package shipper, told reporters at a briefing here that the Boeing plane offered roughly 40 percent less turnaround time --2.75 hours compared to 4.00 hours-- than the Airbus A380 cargo plane.
He said the Boeing (quote from Yahoo! UK & Ireland) plane was also more attractive in terms of range and fuel burn.
``The Airbus A380 was simply not as attractive,'' Smith said. ``The 747X was a quantum leap above it in terms of efficiency. It was a new design and a complete step up versus the Boeing plane.''
Smith said the deadline for sealing a definitive contract for the 747X was the end of June, but said a detailed memorandum of understanding (MOU) would probably pave the way for an earlier signing.
The 747X, Smith said, will allow FedEx to transport roughly 150 tonnes over a distance of 6,000 nautical miles. By comparison, the MD-11, which is the company's largest plane at present, has capacity for 80 tonnes and range of 4,000 nautical miles.
Smith, who declined to say how much FedEx was paying for the Boeing planes, said that performance guarantees on range and fuel burn were written into the MOU with Boeing.
Separately, Smith said FedEx would not be interested in purchasing an Boeing 777-200 freighter, a plane the Seattle-based manufacturer said last month it planned to launch soon, for several years.
This stuff is nothing. Do you see Boeing spending money designing pictures of the interior, etc.? No! When they do, but don't get a launch order, then I'll be satisfied. Remember that Airbus has been campaigning for this for at least 5 years now, and I even have a picture of a scale model showing that.