My thoughts exactly. I'm especially curious as to what Boeing could do with NW and KLM. At NW, the DC-10's could be put into the MD-10 conversion program, then sold to FedEx, if they want them, or another operator. The same applies to KLM, only their MD-11s could go to UPS, or FedEx, for that matter.
However, as we've already seen, Boeing isn't playing hard ball in this arena. I was quite shocked when Boeing announced the 757 deal with BA and DHL, then BA turned around and ordered the A318. I had assumed Boeing had made an arrangement where they would buy BA's 757's only if BA bought the 717. But I guess it puts Boeing in a diffucult situation, where they have to say no to a lot of business (DHL) and especially to a loyal customer (BA).
Honor the warriors, not the war.