VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3162 times:
Time Magazine has an article this week on the 7E7. It seems to really cast a negative light on the companies future, claiming that they are in such dire straits that if they don't build the 7E7 the company could very well go under in the commercial sector. Interesting read.
Brons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3035 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3107 times:
Boeing will be fine. The naysayers need to go away. They've just hit a rough patch, due to the poor economic conditions in the USA, S11, myopic foreign policy and partly their own arrogance in the 90s (the jetBlue sales campaign, for example).
Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
NDSchu777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3041 times:
Well didn't Boeing take a lot of risks to build the 747 back in the day? And things worked out for them at the end and they changed commercial aviation for the better for doing so. Sometimes companies have to take big risks, and it's Boeing's turn again. Boeing feels that the benefits of the 7E7 far outweigh the risks. I think a super-efficient mid-sized airliner is just what the cost-conscience airline industry needs right now, and it would really help the whole industry work better and grow.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2783 times:
I think Boeing will build the 7E7.
There is a good reason for this: the potential for a huge military order. While building 100 aerial-refuelling tankers based on the 767-200(ER) design might be good, I think Boeing would be better off kiboshing that idea, do life extension program that upgrades the entire KC-135E fleet to KC-135R standards, then build the 7E7 in both commercial and military variants off the same production line. That way, Boeing can phase out the production jigs for the 767 and use 7E7 production jigs in the former 767 production area.