For industry watchers...do you think there is any possibility of Boeing and GE
merging within the next ten years? Or GE
bidding for Boeing outright?
There are already signs there. GE
has become a major risk sharer on projects like the 773ER/772LR and a partner in BBJ
. Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher is also an ex-GE executive, and could be well placed to drive the merger forward.
The combined company could offer economies of scale, with Boeing's finance arm fitting with GECAS for example. Other GE
businesses could take on work that Boeing currently subcontracts elsewhere. Management structures could be simplified and merged.
Or would a merged GE
Boeing Corp be too much of a dominant player in aviation for the US Government and other bodies such as the EU to accept?
As I said, it's just a point to debate for now. Although there have been suggestions in the financial press that this could well happen.
Lead me not into temptation, I can find my own way there...