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US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has said that it is likely to launch a stretched version of the Boeing 747 by the end of this year.

Randy Baseler, the company's vice president of marketing for commercial aircraft, has said that early interest in the stretched version mostly focused on the cargo version of the type.

Although the main interest has been in the cargo version, Baseler said that he hoped there would be at least one order for the passenger version of the aircraft, which can take 450 passengers.

The company disagrees with rival Airbus on how the demand for aircraft will be spread in the future and Boeing targets a market of no more than 300 aircraft in the segment above 450 seats, while Airbus' goal is to sell 1,250 of its A380 model, Reuters reported.

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