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Why 747-8I Range Is Limited
The articles “Long Ranger” and “Freezing Point” (AW&ST Nov. 12, p. 64), about Boeing’s strategies regarding fuel capacity and range on the 777 and 747-8I, appear to have been fortuitously juxtaposed. Both articles outline the same problem, and one describes a solution for the 777 but not the 747-8I. If Boeing can meet Air India’s need for extra range in the 777-200LR with auxiliary fuel tanks in the aft cargo hold, why can’t the same design be engineered into the 747-8I “to eke more range out of the longer body length” for carriers wanting it?