An Even Bigger Bird

Boeing looks to a partnership in Europe for the next generation of jets

IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT PLANES CAN GET MUCH bigger than a Boeing 747, which soared into history as the first wide-body jet. The Seattle firm, however, thinks the airline industry is ready for a new generation of carriers, holding up to 800 passengers, vs. a current capacity of 420. Now Boeing has acknowledged seeking European partners for the venture, in the process perhaps nipping a competitor in the bud. If feasibility studies prove promising, the first superjumbos could go wheels-up within 10 years.

Boeing has held "substantive" talks with Germany's Deutsche Aerospace and has met with British Aerospace PLC, two...

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