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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.
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
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
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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