Source: The Saturday Mercury, 31 March, 2001, p.15
Seattle THE giant US aircraft maker Boeing yesterday said it was developing a new high-speed, long-range aircraft. The company said the plane "could change the way the world flies as dramatically as did the introduction of the jet age". Customers had made it "very clear that they would strongly value an airplane that can fly faster, higher and more quietly over very long ranges," said Boeing president Alan Mulally. The plane would fly at speeds of Mach .95 or faster (nearly the speed of sound), saving about an hour for every 4825km travelled on Boeings present 747 jets. The cruising altitude would be above 13,000 metres and the range 17,000km. Boeings main rival, the European Airbus consortium, was already developing a larger but slower airliner.
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