Re: Boeing 747-300

From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works
Date:         Tue, 24 Nov 1992 11:01:51 GMT
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In article <airliners.1992.11@ohare.Chicago.COM> drinkard@bcstec.ca.boeing.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) writes:
>In article <airliners.1992.4@ohare.Chicago.COM> jerry@telecom.ksu.edu (Jerry And

>>I've heard Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas and Airbus all have plans
>>in the works for Really Big Planes in the 600-700 passenger,
>>7500-8000 mile range.

>The Boeing and the Airbus offerings in this market seem to both hover
>around 600 seats and 7,000 mile range.  Takeoff weights in the million
>pound plus range.  The anticipated market, as described by John Hayhurst,
>Director of New Large Airplane Division, is only a couple hundred airplanes
>TOTAL.  From my knothole, it looks like a prestige fight.

That's an *awful* lot of cash to dump down a hole simply for bragging
rights.  I suppose that's part of "being sporty" but there's also a
real market there -- the Pacific Rim, which is where nearly all the
growth is in the airline industry and which requires those kind of
range figures.  The load potential is there too, if not now then well
well within the next 10 to 20 years.

One aircraft that could punch a major hole in this market would be the
next generation supersonic transport.  (HSCT?  I can't pick the right
acronym out of my bowl of alphabet soup today ...)  *If* built, and at
least for now that is a very big if, this too would be aimed directly
at the Pacific Rim market.  The studies I've seen for this bird seem
to be aiming at the mainstream market and not just a very tiny high-
priced market like the Concorde.

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