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Boeing unveils new, bigger 747-8 jet to cool response
The Telegraph ^ | 2/13/2011 | Roland Gribben

Posted on 02/14/2011 1:34:22 AM PST by bruinbirdman

Boeing rolled out a new bigger jumbo jet on Sunday almost 42 years to the day since the 747 changed the face of the travel industry.

The 747-8 carries 467 passengers, 51 more than the current 747 range, burns less fuel, has new wings, tail and engines, is more comfortable and is 19 feet longer, says Boeing.

Airlines have given a cool reception to the new plane with Boeing so far picking up only 33 orders from two airlines, Lufthansa and Korean Air Lines.

The first plane off the production line will go to a VIP customer later this year. Boeing is also hoping the new jumbo will replace the Air Force One fleet of 747s used by American presidents to provide a boost for the order book.

The latest member of the jumbo family represents Boeing's challenge to the Airbus A380, the super jumbo capable of carrying 525 passengers.

Production of the 747-8 has been held up by the problems affecting the more technologically-

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 747; aerospace; aviation; boeing

1 posted on 02/14/2011 1:34:24 AM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

It looks like the perfect airliner.


2 posted on 02/14/2011 1:37:42 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (The Left is the Antichrist.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Versus the Airbus, I think the Boeing has the advantage that no commercial computerized Boeing craft has been documented to go BSOD over the ocean, not once. The much newer Airbus has done this, I believe, twice.


3 posted on 02/14/2011 1:38:47 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Looks to me like they cram the 51 extra people into 19’ of coach class.


4 posted on 02/14/2011 2:21:16 AM PST by maddog55 (OBAMA, You can't fix stupid...)
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To: bruinbirdman

What this excerpt doesn’t say is that there are 74 orders for the freight version. As a freighter it’s likely to far outsell the pax version.


5 posted on 02/14/2011 3:03:47 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: maddog55
Looks to me like they cram the 51 extra people into 19’ of coach class.

The upper deck area is stretched as well.


6 posted on 02/14/2011 3:19:38 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: bruinbirdman
Actually, the aircraft rolled out in a burnt orange livery:


7 posted on 02/14/2011 4:52:47 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: bruinbirdman
The first plane off the production line will go to a VIP customer later this year.

Can we say, "Arab Sheik"?

Years ago I was at a plant in Waco, TX, it was Chrysler Technologies then, and they were finishing out the interior of a new 747 for an Arab sheik. The carpet had real gold and silver threads, the restroom had Waterford crystal basins and solid gold fixtures. The interior cost more than the plane.

8 posted on 02/14/2011 5:08:06 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

The First off is going to a VIP! Probably an Arab Shiek!
That must be the order that was put in for Brack Hussein’s New Bird for when he leaves his Dictatorship in 2012!


9 posted on 02/14/2011 5:16:54 AM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Greatest President :George W. Bush!!)
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To: Yo-Yo

The plane is great, but the Ninja-violinists really make the sale for me...


10 posted on 02/14/2011 6:04:59 AM PST by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history)
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To: maddog55
Looks to me like they cram the 51 extra people into 19’ of coach class.

Those are maximum certified passenger numbers. The actual number of pax on an aircraft is determined solely by the airline buying it.

For example:

Lufthansa's 747-8Is to seat just 386 passengers

Sometimes airlines add more amenities to their First and Business class cabins, lowering passenger count but hopefully raising total revenues per flight.

11 posted on 02/14/2011 6:21:34 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: IncPen
... but the Ninja-violinists really make the sale for me... ...

Those are fiddlers. They go with the burnt orange and white colors, the colors of the University of Texas.

12 posted on 02/14/2011 9:35:41 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
Those are fiddlers. They go with the burnt orange and white colors, the colors of the University of Texas.

If you wanna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band ...

13 posted on 02/14/2011 9:40:24 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“BSOD”

what the hell is that?


14 posted on 02/14/2011 9:42:46 AM PST by dalereed
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To: saganite
"What this excerpt doesn’t say is that there are 74 orders for the freight version. As a freighter it’s likely to far outsell the pax version."

And they scarcely mention that VIP versions have been sold too. I'm not tellin' how many.........

15 posted on 02/14/2011 9:53:51 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SW6906

C’mon! How many? ;^)

I did note that the first delivery was to a private party. I’m guessing some Middle East potentate.


16 posted on 02/14/2011 9:58:13 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite

Like the article says, there is the hope that our potentate purchases some.


17 posted on 02/14/2011 10:11:24 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: dalereed
"blue screen of death" the dreaded blue screen that appears when a windows product slips into a self induced coma. The OP (original poster) used that term to describe a total shutdown of the airbus' flight software, which as he says has done so twice.

CC

18 posted on 02/14/2011 11:26:07 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Good heavens Miss Takamoto, You're beautiful!)
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To: ArrogantBustard
If you wanna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band ...

Great addition!

19 posted on 02/14/2011 11:50:05 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: dalereed

Blue Screen Of Death. Main control system goes ape-poop haywire, no backup. Was an interesting experience for the passengers (not unlike being shaken and stirred like a martini).


20 posted on 02/14/2011 12:22:36 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“It looks like the perfect airliner.”
Maybe but it isn’t and won’t. The glorious good ‘ol days of the 747 have passed long time ago.

The future is the 787 and the A380.
But there are more things to come.
The long discussed 737 replacement, the A350, and don’t forget brazilian Ebraer, canadian Bombardier, chinese Comac and russian Irkut/Sukhoi airliners. I think the duopoly will find a end soon at least in the single aisle/narrow body market.


21 posted on 02/14/2011 1:59:33 PM PST by buzzer
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To: buzzer
Ebraer looks small.
Bombardier looks dangerous.
The A380 actually is dangerous.
Comac and Irkut/Sukhoi look like they are from the past.
The 787 is an over sized 747-8 jet.
22 posted on 02/14/2011 5:40:17 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (The Left is the Antichrist.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Ebraer looks small.
Bombardier looks dangerous.
The A380 actually is dangerous.
Comac and Irkut/Sukhoi look like they are from the past.
The 787 is an over sized 747-8 jet.”

Obviously you aren’t much into aerospace :-)

“The 787 is an over sized 747-8 jet.”
787: length 186 ft, wingspan 197 ft
747-8: length 250 ft 2 in, wingspan 224 ft 7 in

Embraer E-Series is replaceing a lot of regional jets. “It looks small.” The only point you’ve scored.

“Bombardier looks dangerous” to Embraer only :-)

The A380 actually is dangerous. It had only 1 serious incident and the plane handled the situation perfect. It’s a good example that FBW is something realy usefull.

Comac and Irkut/Sukhoi look like they are from the past.
?!? Ever had a look on the C-919, the SS-100 or the MS-21 ?!? I’d guess you’ve never seen one. Nice airplanes for a fair price. Well the Comac isn’t what i would buy, but ...


23 posted on 02/14/2011 9:05:06 PM PST by buzzer
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To: buzzer
I may not spend as much time as you watching planes land and takeoff at the airport. And I haven't had model planes hanging from my ceiling in 35 years. But your own opinion is noted. Happy now?
24 posted on 02/15/2011 4:33:58 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (The Left is the Antichrist.)
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