announced that the new 747-400X Quiet Longer Range could enter
service in early 2004, depending on customer demand. The 747-400X
Quiet Longer Range is being developed in both passenger and freighter
versions. It will feature the Boeing signature twin-aisle interior
on the passenger version, providing even more comfort and spaciousness
to the 747's 20ft (6.1 meter) interior cross section.
of the passenger model is being extended to 7,980 nautical miles
(14,775 kilometers), while added value also will be apparent through
quieter and more environmentally responsible operation.
Quiet Longer Range freighter, in addition to its improved environmental
characteristics, will have a simplified and lightened cargo handling
system, providing greater operational efficiency, easier handling,
lower maintenance costs and higher reliability. These attributes
will continue the 747 freighter family's preference by the air
cargo industry, which utilizes the 747F for 45 percent of the
world's total freighter capacity.
evolutionary improvements will enhance even more the 747's unique
status as the world's only true 400-seat airplane," Peace
747-400X Quiet Longer Range will be among the quietest widebody
airplanes in the sky, with noise reductions of 20 percent on takeoff
and 40 percent on approach, compared to today's 747-400s,"
he added. "When combined with reduced fuel consumption and
lower emissions, this airplane will be a great environmental performer."
to this enhancement to the successful 747 family, Peace noted
that the 747 is the most popular widebody airplane ever with more
than 1,300 built.
pointed out that Asia is expected to become the biggest market
for commercial airplanes within the next 20 years, with requirements
for more than 5,220 jets at the present value of US$537 billion.
to data from the end of 2001, Boeing airplanes constitute 73%
of the entire Asian widebody commercial airplane fleet. Last year
alone, Boeing delivered 66 airplanes valued at US$8.7bn to Asia.