|Quoting KSUpilot (Reply 8):
WILL THEY (meaning all the airlines) CANCEL THEIR ORDERS!?!?!?!?!
Actually, I heard that Boeing doesn't know as much about CFRP as they thought they did, and has decided to shelve the project. Instead of delivering a 787, they've worked out an arrangement with AA
in which every firm order for the 787 will be substituted with a gently used MD
-80, outfitted with auxiliary fuel tanks (taking up the last half of the cabin -- eh, you didn't want to sit there anyway) and reengined to operate off a single UDF. In return, AA and DL are liquidated as functioning airlines and the 787 deposits are returned to AA/DL shareholders (or creditors, in the event that one of the airlines happens to be operating under Ch. 11). Boeing claims the so-called 7MD87 is "meeting performance guarantees." You can tell they're making good progress:
[Edited 2006-10-31 02:55:27]
New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune