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The 747-8 ``is right in the sweet spot of what we think airlines will want,'' said Mulally. The new airliner won't require expensive investments in reinforcing runways and new airport terminals ``helping our customers enormously,'' he said.
THAT is going to be a huge boost...
Also on the boeing site it does not mention much about a passenger version, but the bloomberg aticle talks more about passenger and revenue...
The new plane, which follows two earlier failed attempts to stretch the 747 in the 1990s, will borrow technology from Boeing's new 787 jet, including General Electric Co. engines, to provide 20 percent lower trip costs, Boeing said. The plane, called the 747-8, will have about 450 seats, 34 more than the current 747-400, and carry 15 more tons of freight. The A380 seats 555 and costs $280 million in the passenger version and $300 million as a freighter.
There is a passenger version, but no firm orders yet. According to the chattering classes at Airliners.net (motto - we won't stop until our signal-to-noise ratio is zero), British Airways and Cathay are looking seriously at it.