Update 1: Boeing has removed the 360 degree view of the Hong Kong Airlines 747-8I. It also removed Hong Kong Airlines from the 747-8I tails page. Curiously, Air China and Emirates were also removed from the tails page. Although Air China announced at Asian Aerospace it would order the 747-8I, the purchase was subject to government approval and has not yet appeared on Boeing’s official orders page.
Boeing’s listing of Hong Kong Airlines as a 747-8I customer is curious as the carrier, in the lead up to the Asian Aerospace earlier this month, was rumored to be ordering the 747-8I. Indeed, at the press conference where parent company HNA Group ordered 38 Boeing aircraft, I spotted Boeing’s executives walk in carrying a large 747-8I and 777-200LRF aircraft model. Maybe there is a good explanation, or maybe not. Indeed, this would not be the first time a Boeing slip-up publicized an aircraft order after Qatar’s 787 order was revealed when Boeing featured the carrier’s logo on the aircraft at the 2007 premiere.
In the lead up to Asian Aerospace HNA Group said they would also order Airbus aircraft, but such an order never materialized. At Airbus briefings during the show media folks like us were reminded not to ask questions about HNA’s supposed Airbus order.
There are layers to HNA’s order announcements and Boeing’s featuring of a Hong Kong Airlines 747-8I on its website adds another wrinkle, or potentially a billion-plus dollars to the airframer’s backlog if the order pans out.
So either enjoy the artist’s renderings until the real deal arrives in Chek Lap Kok, or while the renderings last.
Check it out yourself:
- Boeing 747-8I tail page (update: Hong Kong Airlines tail is no longer displayed)
- 360 degree view of Hong Kong Airlines 747-8I (update: link now shows empty page)