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01 October 2005

Renewed interest in 747 freighters has made it likely that Boeing will launch the 747 Advanced. Geoff Hearn examines how the compares to the A380F.

Tags: Boeing  |  Airbus  |  Alan Mullaly  |  Guggenheim  |  Randy Baseler  |  Aircraft value

Alan Mullaly, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, confidently predicted at the Paris Air Show that there was life in the 747 programme and, if all goes to plan, the first delivery of the 747 Advanced could be made by 2006.

The passenger version of the 747A will be competitive in the very large aircraft market but as recent orders for the 747 model have been for the 747 freighter, it will be the success of the freighter model (747AF) that will determine the fate of the programme.

Guggenheim Aviation Partners' order for six 747-400ER freighters has avoided a costly gap in production and has increased the chances of the updated version being launched. Boeing is reported to be close to securing deals for the 747A. Cargolux Airlines is said to be in negotiations for the freighter model, and Japan Airlines International and Cathay Pacific Airways are believed to...

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