Re: Commercial go-ahead for B744IGW

Date:         09 Jan 98 00:50:47 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>>The 747-400IGW, in contrast, doesn't involve much more than rummaging
>>around in the parts bin and putting the parts together in a new way --
>>it isn't much more than a 747-400F with the fuselage of a passenger
>>-400.

>I think it's the top of a -100 0r -200 (i.e., short top vs. stretched
>upper deck) to save weight.

That's the 747-200X proposal that surfaced in Flight International two
months ago, as a four-engined alternative to the 777-200X proposal.  I
have never actually seen anything saying this aircraft would have the
shorter upper deck -- that was just a guess based on the -200X moniker.

The Qantas 747-400IGW order is for planes with full passenger capacity.
They want to carry more cargo and/or have more margin for bad winds on
existing 747-400 routes, not the substantial increase in range which
sacrificing some payload and structure might permit.

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