From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Date: 7 Mar 1997 13:35:03 GMT Organization: Concentric Internet Services Followups: 1
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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) signed an MOU for six B777-200Xs. Thus, it may make MAS a launch customer for the new proposed aircraft. If the B777-200X is launched, it is expected to be certified within three years (i.e., year 2000). MAS has previously signed an MOU for six B747-600Xs. The new MOU is bascially a switch from the previous one. Also, according to Flight International, Boeing is studying an increased gross weight (IGW) version of the B747-400 which will have a range of approximately 7,600 nm. Also, a slightly stretched version of the B747 is also being studied. The stretched B747 will have a range of approximately 6,500 nm and 60-80 more seats than the current B747-400. It will be interesting to see which of the following new projects Boeing will launch at the Paris Air Show in June: B767-400ERX, B747-400IGW, B747 stretch, B777-200X, and B777-300X.