I was just wondering why in comparison to the Boeing aircraft the Airbus designs seem so unaltered. I mean when you think of it, wouldn't one expect the Boeing aircraft to be identical since their designs are from an identical culture and background but strangely enough they do not have many common features, eg: 757, 767, 747, 777.
In comparison to Airbus, with the engineers from all over Europe, different cultures they managed to produce one fuselage, the A330 and then extended it for the A340 (enlarging the wing and banging a couple of different engines on), thus producing so many variants, A332, A333, A342, A343, A345, A346. Admittedly the cost is reduced by keeping the research and development to a minimum but should we expect in the future a change of thinking by Boeing to follow suit with Airbus, when it comes to the impending 7E7, (eg: 7e7-100, 200, 300, 400, 500 etc...). Thus having the 7e7 to replace the 737, 757, 767 and maybe the 777 who knows?
Please this is not a which is the best a/c and not a thread for which a/c flies the quietest and so on, I was just wondering whether we should expect a dramatic change in aircraft designs in the future, say in about 10 years.