RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9156 posts, RR: 52 Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4781 times:
For a single model, for Boeing it would be the 747-400. That plane sold immensely well and had the highest yield as in mark up of any plane during the 90s when it was being sold in mass quantities very quickly. It was also the most expensive plane at the time.
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KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6150 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4754 times:
Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 6): For a single model, for Boeing it would be the 747-400. That plane sold immensely well and had the highest yield as in mark up of any plane during the 90s when it was being sold in mass quantities very quickly. It was also the most expensive plane at the time.
A friend of mine, who's a civil engineer by profession, took a graduate course (by remote interactive TV connection) which was taught by someone at Boeing. The class ended with an actual tour of Boeing's big facility at PAE (this was in the late 1990's). The tour guide said "Suppose you are a Boeing salesman. Which model would you want to sell?" The answer? Any 747-series aircraft, because, as stated before in this thread, the R&D money had been spent decades ago, and at that point in the program, any sale was pure profit for Boeing (coupled with a high list price due to the 747's lack of competitors at that point in time).
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AirFrnt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2814 posts, RR: 43 Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4689 times:
Quoting JAM747 (Thread starter): Which planes have been the most profitable to Boeing and Airbus? I would think that the ones in production the longest would be the ones most likely or am I wrong? Does anyone know?
There are two seperate ways to make a lot of money
Lots of Orders x Little Margin x Multiple iterations = $$$$
Few Orders x Big Margin = $$$$
Medium Orders x Middle Margin = $$$$
With all due respect to Airbus, they have not been a top bracket competitor for long enough to have multiple iterations of the 320. We will see what happens with the 320NG.
In which case the clear winners For the small market is:
For the larger market the 747 was the cash cow, but it started to dry up after the 744 and the route fragmentation over the Atlantic. Even the 777, 767 and 757 can't compete with the longevity of the 747.
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 1): I have heard that the 747 is a cash cow for Boeing, especially freighter versions. That doesn't mean that other airplanes are unprofitable, just that the profit margin is higher.
It pretty much started to dry up after the 744 and really stopped being their cash cow as soon as the 777 was introduced.
Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 2): I'm willing to bet the 737 has definitely repaid its development costs and todays sales are icing on a 30 year old cake.
Remember that there have been three iterations of the 737 so far, so it's not all gravy, but it's pretty profitable. The same goes for the DC-9, which had 3 or more iterations. The 727 didn't have the same longevity.