With only Boeing and Airbus Industrie left as the major suppliers of commercial jet liners, it would be interesting if a third party comes in and take the place where McDonnell Douglas had left. Lockheed left the race in defeat with its wonderful TriStar in 1984 and how interesting would it be if Lockheed could sum up its courage and re-enter the 'big-boys' market again. Soon replacement for aircraft in the class of the Airbus A300/A310 and early 767s must be sought. Lockheed could build a derivative of the TriStar and make it a twin engine aircraft (a Lockheed BiStar ?!?!?). Lockheed could re-invent itself by following the foot steps of Airbus; built a plane with a common fuselage and merely play tune to its fuselage length just like what Airbus did with the A300/310/330/340 and thus produce a family of aircraft.
The one advantage Lockheed might have over Airbus is that the Tristar already posses a body cross section that is wider than Airbus' current product.
It makes it simpler to stretch the aircraft to achieve its capacity goal without making it look like the 60 series DC-8. This could eliminate some ground handling problems just like what the 777-300 and A340-500/600 faces.
Lockheed tested EFIS (electronic flight instrument system) on its prototype in the early 80's and that could be used as a stepping stone towards a new derivative.
Tell me what you think.