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  • Boeing confirms new large aircraft study

    News | 24 Mar 1999 00:00

    <p>Guy Norris/LOS ANGELES</p> <p>Boeing says it is still studying all-new large aircraft concepts, dubbed the Large Airplane Product Development (LAPD), despite its deliberate focus on 747 derivatives and opposition to more costly all-new concepts such as the the proposed Airbus A3XX. </p> <p>"Boeing is studying a large aircraft," says the company's product marketing regional director, Jacki Caferro, who adds that the low-level work is aimed mainly at "just staying on top of what is happening in the market, and what is happening in technology". Caferro adds that "somewhere down the line, the airlines may want something with more capacity than the 747". </p> <p>Until now, Boeing has maintained silence over any non-747 based derivative work in the large-aircraft arena. Since the company backed away from its New Large Airplane (NLA) activities in 1995, Boeing has publicly poured all its product development energies into 747 derivatives. The effort almost culminated in the 747-500X/600X
  • Boeing looks again at new large aircraft

    News | 10 Sep 1997 11:14 | Kieran Daly

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>Boeing is reviving studies into the New Large Airplane (NLA) concept, following its decision in early 1997 to cancel development work on the 747-500X/600X stretch derivatives, <I>Air Transport Intelligence</I> sister publication <I>Flight International</I> reports this week. The NLA plans were dropped in 1995 in favour of the 747 developments.</P> <P>Part of the current NLA work is an initiative to reduce the cost of developing new aircraft to half that of current projects. The Boeing 777 took 70 months and $7 billion to develop.</P> <P>Boeing is also reported to be re-forming the 747-500X/-600X design team which was split after the project's cancellation. The team is reviewing "all considerations of the New Large Airplane".</P> <P>Current NLA projects appear to be slightly smaller than the original NLA, which was a 747-sized aircraft carrying 600 passengers in three classes over 14,800km (8,500nm). A 91m-long stretched version with 750 se