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Sonic Cruiser NOT So In Doubt

Mon Jul 01, 2002 9:32 pm

Just flicked through this weeks copy of Flight International, and one of the articles is "Boeing keeps faith with Sonic Cruiser"

It goes on to say that "Boeing remains commited to its high-speed Sonic Cruiser study, despite continuing market uncertainty over the projects viability. A decision on its future will be taken late this year."

At the rate the airline industry is recovering (at least in Europe) i'd say the Sonic Cruiser is probably a "go for launch", especially as it's due for entry into service in 2007/8, by which time the airline industry would have had a lot more time to get back together. Besides, you only have to look at the amount of airline interest to see that this airplane would be a huge success! Also Boeing have invested a lot of money into development in wind tunnels etc, i really don't think this is an attempt to steal the show from Airbus.


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RE: Sonic Cruiser NOT So In Doubt

Mon Jul 01, 2002 11:42 pm

The airlines would be interested in the specs Boeing has been waving around. It's another story if they can build a plane to fulfil those specs. The subcontractors working on the project project (pun) putative service entry around 2010-2012, not 2007-2008.

Whereas the party line at Boeing may still be that they're "committed" to the SC, they've toned down their SC rhetoric of late, and many people have had their doubts of the plane's viability from the start. Lately Boeing has said that if the market doesn't turn out to want the SC, they'll build another plane instead.
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RE: Sonic Cruiser NOT So In Doubt

Mon Jul 01, 2002 11:54 pm

There will never be a enormous market for the SC. (just not so many people flying those ranges, and many are price driven (-> 747, A380).

Lots of A300/310/757/767 have to be replaced in the next 20 years.

If boeing doesn't come with a better plane, Airbus will....

Does Boeing intend to become a niche player with the SC ?

I don't think so ...
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RE: Sonic Cruiser NOT So In Doubt

Tue Jul 02, 2002 12:45 am

Good article in this months Air International on the SC, (and a lot of other civil aviation features including the A380).