I don't mean to sound ignorant but...what is a B-317? Do you mean a B-314??
No. It's the B-317. But it hasn't been built yet.
You see, Airbus will in the future shrink the A-318 further into the 90-seat A-317, with an extended range that can operate transatlantically. F9
is the launch customer and it intends to use the A-317 to fly to europe from DEN
Before the A-317 is built, however, Boeing will buy out Airbus. Boeing doesnt really want the A-317 but builds it anyway as the B-317. F9
is the only major customer because Boeing has no marketing skills even though it turns out to be a fantastic aircraft.
Boeing will be unable to maintain the B-317 line due to lack of orders. B-317 dies a quiet death after NW
decides not to buy it as a replacement for the DC-9
[Edited 2005-02-16 04:09:08]
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