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Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:51 am

Douglas has the DC-8 to compete with the 707 and the 737 was Boeing answer to the DC-9, so why Douglas did not fight back with a narrow body trijet to compete with the 727? They could have used the DC-8 design and turn it from a four engine jet, to a T tail trijet. So why Douglas past on the chance to compete with the 727?
 
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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:05 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
So why Douglas past on the chance to compete with the 727?

They did... they streached the DC-9. I think the Series 50 was the answer to the B727.
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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:31 am

well lets see:

A> the original 727 (-100) was competed with, the Dc-9-30/-40/-50 all did a fine job.

B> By the time the 727-200/-200ADV became a major factor, MCDD was in trouble already with the DC-10 and didn't have time to worry about something in that size class. Eventually the MD-80 program came along and that did compete with the 727-200 for a few years till Boeing ended production and switched to the moderately successful 757.

C> The only true 727-200ADV competitors Boeing ever saw: Trident 3B (underpowered and under ranged), Tu-154 (very good equivalent from the Eastern side of the iron curtain) and one that never got far: Mercure 200 (died due to US/France relation strains).
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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:55 am

Perhaps they were psychic because it is just as well they didn't.

There are squadrons of DC-9s still flying paying peeps when the 727-200s are mostly freighters and the -100s are now beer cans.

As wonderful an airplane as the 727 was, I think DACO read the market better and produced a plane to fit in a bigger niche.

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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:15 am




Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 2):
Mercure 200 (died due to US/France relation strains).

You don't think the 400nm range (at max payload) had something to do with it?  Wink




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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:31 pm

actually the -200 would of had a 2000nm range and CFM56 powerplants... kinda like a 70s A320.
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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:10 pm




Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 5):

Wow, I didn't realize that. Interesting...




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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:30 pm

Yes they had a competetor to 727.
It was called DC-9.

727s are long gone from pass service DC-9s (now MD8X).
Ask NW, Air Canada and AA. MD8Xs are here to stay.

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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:55 am

Quoting Mandargb (Reply 7):
If B had not killed it, history would have been different.

B didn't kill it...the 717 died due to a lack of orders to be a productive, profit making airplane. All the conspiracy theories fail to take into account that the market operates according to supply and demand. No demand, no reason for supply, hence the 717 was shut down. Everyone loves to hammer on B as to killing off competition by buying them. The reason for the merger was the fact that McD was going under financially, particularly in the commercial side. So the commercial product line was dying before B ever had a say over the future of it. A lot of credit actually should go to B as they tried very much to keep that line alive. The California delegation is a powerful political force and having a production line there gets that support. So it wasn't an easy decision to close that line.
 
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RE: Why No Douglas Competitor To The Boeing 727?

Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:42 am

Quoting Texfly101 (Reply 8):
All the conspiracy theories fail to take into account that the market operates according to supply and demand.

So very true.
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