Re: A340-500/600 vs. B777-200X/B747-200X etc.

Date:         21 Nov 97 01:59:51 
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Filip De Vos wrote:

> Let alone a 777-400.

AFAIK, Boeing hasn't discussed a 777-400, if you mean a stretch of the
777-300. The length difference between the 777-200 and the 777-300 is 10
meters. Adding another 10 meters to the 777-300 (let's call it a
777-400X) is something Karl Swartz and I discussed early this year.

Basically, we concluded that the wings are up to the task without
modification, but that higher thrust engines would be required. Range
would not be particularly impressive, and a fifth door would almost
certainly be required. A 777-400X would be well suited to the Japanese
domestic market e.g. NRT-KIX. Another problem is that Boeing's 777
assembly building couldn't handle such a plane. I can't imagine it
coming up for consideration at Boeing unless Boeing needs to increase
777 production beyond the seven/month that the existing building can
handle.

M Carling
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