bikerthai wrote:RJMAZ wrote:Boeing is in an awkward position. With the 737 MAX disaster, 787 grounding, 737-10 certification issues and 777X delays it would be incredibly unprofessional to officially announce the light fighter variant of the T-7.
Not in the least. The defense and commercial sides are distinct business units. Their clientele are different organizations with different interests and all sides know this.
During the pandemic and the MAX grounding, the defense side stabilized the company. So they have some chips to play within the company. So if they have customer for a F variant, they will be able to execute that plan as profitability permit.
The only thing that may have some bearing on the F/A-7 would be how all their products that comes out of St Louis perform.
However your concern is not new. During the MAX crisis, government officials were concerned enough to request assurance from Boeing that the military production line would not be raided to fix the commercial line. Since the military was the few bright spot during that time, Boeing kept their promise and delivered as best they could. After all it was the only way they could keep their cash flow going.
Yeah, I agree. Saying airlines or the military would be offended by Boeing offering new products, is just not reasonable or accurate.
Also airlines are not holding off on compensation lawsuits, they are entitled to compensation and have received it. Many are applying the compensation as credits on new aircraft purchases.
The airline lawsuits that emerged, were from airlines that were in financial straits and didn't have the same contract assurances for compensation. But there were only a few of those. In at least one case, compensation from Boeing was the largest source of airline income, at one point in the pandemic.
The T-7 may find a market as a light fighter, it's too early to tell yet. Customers first will be looking at the performance as a trainer.