Boeing answer to Airbus 380

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Despite the fact that Boeing clearly said the Airbus 380 was too big to be profitable, today thay have a project for something even bigger

 Look  at this new aircraft.... 

Boeing  is preparing a 1000 passenger jet that could reshape the Air travel industry  for the next 100 years.

The radical Blended Wing design has been developed by  Boeing in cooperation with theNASA Langley Research Center.

 The mammoth plane will have a  wing span of 265 feet compared to the 747's 211 feet, and is designed to fit  within the newly created terminals used for the 555 seat Airbus A380, which is  262 feet wide. 

The  new 797 is in direct response to the Airbus A380 which has racked up 159  orders, but has not yet flown any passengers. Boeing decided to kill its 747X  stretched super jumbo in 2003 after little interest was shown by airline  companies, but has continued to develop the ultimate Airbus crusher 797 for  years at its Phantom Works research facility in Long Beach , Calif.  

The  Airbus A380 has been in the works since 1999 and has accumulated $13 billion  in development costs, which gives Boeing a huge advantage now that Airbus has  committed to the older style tubular aircraft for decades to come.   

There  are several big advantages to the blended wing design, the most important  being the lift to drag ratio which is expected to increase by an amazing 50%,  with overall weight reduced by 25%, making it an estimated 33% more efficient  than the A380, and making Airbus's $13 billion dollar investment look pretty  shaky. 

High  body rigidity is another key factor in blended wing aircraft, It reduces  turbulence and creates less stress on the air frame which adds to efficiency,  giving the 797 a tremendous 8800 nautical mile range with its 1000 passengers  flying comfortably at mach 0.88 or 654 mph (+-1046km/h) cruising speed another advantage over the Airbus tube-and-wing designed A380's 570 mph (912  km/h). 

The  exact date for introduction is unclear, yet the battle lines are clearly drawn  in the high-stakes war for civilian air supremacy. 


This is a copy of an E-mail received from a US mate and are subject to confirmation (Nov, 29,2007)

Boeing denies the information