Watewate, I'm afraid that you missed first year at business school too.
Just in 5-10 years time nobody will know:
1. What products Boeing will have to offer
2. How labor market has developed
3. What progress engine producers have made
4. New environmental enforcements on airliners
5. Etc. etc.
How can they make "a good deal" on an unknown product not knowing anything about production costs neither at prime supplier nor at competitor(s)???
And if they really made a deal which most certainly would turn out to be a good deal, what would the Boeing shareholders tell their CEO when they learned that he might be "giving his products away"?
There is something really strange here. There can only be one sensible explanation if this is not re-inventing the collapsed Soviet Union system. And that would be that all FOUR companies, AA, DL, CO AND boeing are actually owned and controlled by the same investor group. Could it be so?
Best regards, Preben Norholm