Mark Twain, American Humorist, once penned something that way with himself in mind. The 747-8I hangs in there with a sale by sale determination. By no means is the 747-8I dead. Boeing's sales minions are developing relationships so airline executives will listen. They talk about the 777X and the MAX. These sales teams continuously speak of the 787-8-9-10. By then an airline is clobbered with a 747-8I proposal they often don't see coming or consider. A perfectly normal response could be, "I thought the 747-8I died! So goes the saga of the 747-8.
Airplane aficionados also think the 747 is a stop gap order that will soon fade into the sunset. The Airbus A-380 is the biggest in the sky. It hold the most passengers and is extremely quiet and so forth. However, sales have slowed on this behemoth, just short of a break even order book number. Remember the 787 is rapidly approaching a Boeing break-even point order book number.
So the 747-8I is only a statement aircraft in response to the A-380. Its four engines seeks after a fuely hydrated twin engine market. Is the 747-8 dead? Mark Twain suggest a gross exaggeration of rumors. Answered earlier, no way! Its going about its business in a quiet four engine march. Freight keeps its plant doors churning copy. Lufthansa has no complaints and a few others are sneaking orders past the press, much to the irritation of Airbus. So what does Boeing sales department have up its sleve when it comes to the 747-8I. I clipped something out of the Singapore Airshow press briefings from Boeing's sales chief at the show, Dinesh Keskar.
"Not surprisingly, Keskar ranks Singapore as perhaps the top market for Boeing in Southeast Asia, and one particularly suited to the 777X. But he also emphasized the potential embodied in the likes of Garuda Indonesia, which has expressed interest in the 747-8I, ..."