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Ending MD-11 Production, A Great Strategic Move!  
User currently offlineBrommerkoplamp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

I think ending MD-11 production was a great strategic move for Boeing. My hypothesis is the following:

Now the MD-11 is becoming very popular as a freighter, its second hand price will be high. So it will make sense for many airliners to sell them off. And since McDonnell-Douglas became Boeing, they will be doing business with Boeing. Boeing can make a great package deal with airliners buying the B777 as it trades and modifies MD-11 aircraft. This makes Boeing very powerful, as competition with the A330/340 is very fierce. In terms of performance between Airbus products and Boeing products there are almost no differences. So winning an order will be all about making the best deal. Airbus will not be interested in MD-11, so with most deals replacing MD-11’s Boeing will be making the best deal, consequently replacing the MD-11 with B777’s. That means big money for Boeing and that is what it is al about!!!!
Smart thinking of the Boeing people when they decided to end the MD-11 production.

Any ideas????

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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Sadly, it is very true. A very intelligent post.

User currently offlineHeavierthanair From Switzerland, joined Oct 2000, 1010 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Lufthansa for sure didn't like Boeing to stop production of the MD11 freighter. They were sort of blackmailed by Boeing, though they had/have no real alternative. They now shop for some used elevens.

The minute there is an alternative, guess what they will do.

we'll see

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." (Albert Einstein, 1879
User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

The question is will LH want to buy the A3XX freighter version?? That could be a big issue bcause the A3XX freighter may require new cargo handling equipment, which costs major amounts of money to implement.

I think LH is better off buying more 747-400F freighters and whatever MD-11 freighter conversions it can get its hands on.

User currently offlineGregg From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1507 times:


Very interesting idea. I am sure that this had something to do with Boeing's decision, BUT, I think MD would have stopped production soon if the merger didn't happen. Passenger versions of the MD-11 have not been selling well (since 1995 or so). I think it is going to be hard to sell enough freighter versions with many used DC-10s and L-1011s coming on the market very cheap. Also, some relatively new MD-11s coming on the used market.

To a lesser extent, but even more important, the MD-11s are getting perceived to have allot of crashes. Even if this is not true, does Boeing want to be producing this aircraft?

Also, with the even longer range 777s coming, (and the new A340), won't these make much better cargo aircrafts for those desiring a new cargo aircraft?

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

I thought boeing opened the MD-11 production line for Lufthansa Cargo? Kind of like what they did for Continental and the 767-200.

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