Boeing stays optimistic over 747-8I prospects

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Boeing is pitching its 747-8 Intercontinental passenger aircraft in a number of sale campaigns it could sign this year, states vice-president of marketing Randy Tinseth.

Speaking in Sydney as the airframer detailed its outlook for the Oceania region, he said: "We're starting to gain traction again in the big airplane segment.

"We have a couple of opportunities in the market today that look pretty good."

Tinseth declines to disclose potential sale units or customer regions but says: "Yhey're continuing opportunities that we've had."

The 747-8's only passenger airline customers are Lufthansa with 20 frames on order and Korean Air for five.

Boeing sees the large-capacity aircraft market as primarily a replacement market, and is aiming its campaign at 747-400 customers.

"You have to focus on airlines that fly -400s today and when they're going to start retire them. That's going to happen over the next few years and I think that's why we're seeing more interest," says Tinseth.