> Airbus could re-release the A332 A333, but it is not the BRAND NEW
Technology being used in the 7E7. 7E7 is BRAND NEW
, A332ER would be a old dog with new tricks (when compared to the 7E7)
So is the 737 NG
, and it's still doing quite well against the A320, considering that it is a 30 years old design.
Boeing itself has stated that the majority of savings will be generated through the use of new engines. So Airbus just took this argument. We will see how it works.
> Well thats all fine and dandy for Airbus, until Boeing engine manufacturer(s) sign(s) a exclusivity contract and patent the technology. Then, Airbus is screwed.
I would doubt that any engine supplier will be stupid enough to agree with such a nasty deal. Do all the development work, invest tons of money, and after all, patent the technology to your customer?
That will never happen, as someone said above, they will limit their combined sales potential to roughly 50%, max. 60% of the market. For example, if GE
would supply engines for the 7E7 based on such a contract, with the GE
for some reasons doing better and grabbing 75% of 7E7 sales, RR
would be limited to ~17% of the total market size.
Customer structure for the whatever Airbus "A350" could be completely different from the 7E7 in that scenario, with a strong RR
preference. Stupid not to grab this market.
Patenting won't work anyway, there are always at least two paths to reach your goal. If GE
patents the technology, RR
will bring a similar product with a fan spinning in the opposite direction. Simple example: Hewlett-Packard has thousands of patents on inkjet and cartridge technology, but won't you say that Epson and Canon offer nice printers as well????
And, by the way, keep competition alive!