Boeing is promoting the 747 Advanced well ahead of the next evolution of its 787 in terms of product launch, in part because the engines for the mid-size twin haven't evolved enough to allow for a sensible stretch version. This year, Boeing hopes to launch the 747 Advanced, a stretched update of the 747-400 seating 50 more passengers, with multiple customer orders. "We are pretty confident," says Randy Baseler, Boeing Commercial Airplane's vice president for marketing. The company ...

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