The survey about 4 of the top 5 performing airlines operating all Boeing fleets (which incidentally I feel is both wrong and misleading) raised an interesting question,
What is a Boeing and what is a McDonnel Douglas (or just Douglas for that matter)?
First of all, I think there is no question that all the DC-X products are Douglas aircraft, they were all designed and produced long before Boeing started eyeing up the company.
As for the MD- prodcut range, I feel the only aircraft that should carry the Boeing name, if any, are those which were built after the Boeing takeover. Even then I'm not sure, although they were built by "Boeing," they were ordered from McDonnel Douglas - the customers didn't order Boeings - it was just incidental that they were taken over. Was TWA the only airline to order MD- aircraft after the takeover? Maybe the aircraft should bare the name of the company that designed them (MD) rather than the company that screwed together the last few of the thousands of aircraft produced?
The MD aircraft produced before the takeover are definately not Boeings. They were designed and built by McDonnel Douglas, and the airlines were odering McDonnel Douglas. Boeing had nothing to do with these aircraft.
If you rename MD/DC aircraft Boeing, History doesn't make sense. The Boeing 707 and it's arch rival the Boeing DC-8. The Boeing 247, which was thrashed by the Boeing DC-3. Or more recently, the Boeing MD-80 and Boeing MD-11 losing sales to the Boeing 737 and Boeing 777!!!!!!
I think we should stick to keeping Boeing and MD aircraft separate, if it aint in the 7_7 range, it aint Boeing.
This also differentiates the 717/MD-90, this is the only aircraft Boeing wanted and the only one they took into their own numbering range.
I'd be interested to know what everyone else thinks
Look forward to reading your responses