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OPINION: Why The Airbus A380 Is a NEO Too FarSlightly more than a decade ago, it was Boeing’s turn to make a hard decision. Airbus had launched the A380, so the company weighed up whether to respond with a clean-sheet design or a simpler product revamp. (www.flightglobal.com) More...
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Not being versed in the large passenger aircraft market, would there be a sufficient market for a 2 engine version of the 747?
the 777-9x is basically the 2 engine 747 you speak of, minus the hump. The 777-9x takes a few less pax but overall itll kill the 747 intercontinental. Airlines love 2 engines!
For what it's worth, I got to agree. Unless Emirates steps up to the table and lays some money down, biggest customer and "I'll take 100" will not get it. I doubt they will do that and I don't think we'll see the A380neo launch. As the writer says about Boeing, they upgraded the 747, when in hindsight, just a good general upgrading was all that they needed, if that.
Agreed Preach , Late to the party, the 47-8 will continue to as the worlds best large cargo plane, proof of the amazing design of the original. With the 77-300ER and the X , there seems to be little hope for large 4 engine aircraft. Unless your emirates and bent on taking over the world of hub flying.
Like I said, unless Emirates lays some money on the table and gets some skin in he game, Airbus would be foolish to launch a 380neo just based on Baker saying that he'll take 100. Right now, I don't see either one happening. I think Airbus is smarter than that and I don't think you'll see Emirates laying out any money. If things don't change, the 2 new AF1's may be the last of the 747-8's and 20 years down the line, when their replacements are due, there will be something entirely different to look at, but 4 engines will be a distant memory.
I will agree with the overall article. However, its not just the engine supplier, that is taking all the risk as the article suggests. If that were the case, airbus would reengine this airplane in a heartbeat to make up for slower than anticipated sales and high costs of the program.