Beowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 728 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2900 times:
I doubt it. Although the Lockheed Tristar may have been an excellent plane in terms of technique, it didn't do so well from a financial point of view.
Today, airlines are seeking fleets composed out of planes from one, maybe two manufacturers, to save on maintenance costs. Also with aircraft from the same manufacturer, e.g., Airbus, mixed fleet flying is sweet deal. Don't forget that the entire aviation market is changing and the future is still under some haze.
I think that if Lockheed were to re-enter the commercial aviation market, they would have to bring out a whole range of aircraft, not just one. Unless, of course, they produce an airplane that everybody wants and is unique. Right now with a hawkish U.S. government the military industry is well off, and I'm sure Lockheed benefits from them. Aren't they producing the Cruise Missiles? Maybe they need to be restocked?
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2774 times:
I would absolutely LOVE to see Lockheed return. They have always been at the forefront of aviation technology, both military and civilian. The Tristar was, in some ways, 25 years ahead of the competition in some areas (such as fire retardant materials). Before that the Constellation and Electra were terrific aircraft (granted the Electra had an unusual problem at the beginning, but that was fixed).
But I am afraid that Lockheed got too badly burned with the Tristar, for a number of reasons, like dependance on a single engine supplier. 20 years after Tristar production has ceased, Lockheed really does not need civil airliner production.
But it would be sweet. And you can be pretty sure that, if they tried, it would not look much like today's stale offerings which all look alike.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2632 times:
Lockheed's Board has consistently said every year they have absolutely no intention of commercial aviation persuits. At one point, they even mentioned they have turned down subcontracting ventures (non-risksharing).
I think they are quite happy with the cost-plus contracts and overrun provisions given by the military and space programs.
I thought they actually produced some commercial components for a while..but I got confused with the old Convair.....
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2058 times:
Given the cutthroat pricing for new transport airplanes, the glut of late model 2nd-hand airplanes, and the hyper-cyclical nature of the airline industry, I don't think that the airliner market looks very appealing to Lockheed.