Then there would have been no MD
-11 today. And no MD
-90 or MD
-95/B717 either. Simply because MD
would have folded much earlier.
did not in the 80'es have a credit rating which made them able to launch an all new airliner design.
If they had had the possibility, then they would most likely have done it, because they really needed something more modern than the DC-8 to fill the huge gap in their product line between the DC-9/MD-80 and the DC-10.
Timing also couldn't be worse. In the early 80'es A and B were fighting hard with new products in the midsize twin category. MD
would in any case be too late.
But they couldn't be any earlier because then they would have no engine to power the bird. Engine producers tend to produce those engines which the frame producers ask for, so MD
could just have asked earlier for whatever engine they wanted... Not?
Were likely that's exactly what they did. But engine producers are very reluctant to throw billions into development and certification of engines which are wanted by frame producers in shakey economic conditions.
During the last 20 years of MD
, they could take engines off the shelf, and that's what they did. There was no way an engine producer would listen to special wishes from MD
because they knew that when the engine could be running, then MD
was likely to be gone.