rheinwaldner wrote:GulfstreamFive wrote:Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg defines MOM aircraft at a Politico Space event last week in Washington DC
Check out the video half way down the page at about 24:00
He says that a decision is due within one year. And that the question continues to be whether the business case is going to close. So I ask myself: if the business case was not a clear case in all the years since Boeing talks about the 757RS/MOM/NMA, what variable could change that in the next year?
I have posted this before, but perhaps you didn’t notice. A launch means that the airplane has performance numbers, delivery dates and pricing settled in a contract with an airline. Every day the design of the airplane is progressing and is getting more mature. Once the engineers have gotten far enough through the design process, the sales teams will be ready to make those commitments. If the airplane is launched too early in the design process there are too many risks that the final product won’t match the contractual promises (like how the 787 was sold for too little and was very late).
It’s not like the airplane is all on paper and then suddenly at launch they put it in CATIA and get the drafters working. The design process has already started. Launch is all about the customer being ready to commit. The engineering work is already happening. That’s what a program office is, which was created last year. They are the ones moving forward with the design.
So to answer your question:
rheinwaldner wrote:if the business case was not a clear case in all the years since Boeing talks about the 757RS/MOM/NMA, what variable could change that in the next year?
The design has matured enough to the point where they are ready to contractually commit on price, delivery date, performance numbers and capability of the airplane. In the last two years they were speaking to Airlines and suppliers to start the initial design and set the design requirements.