As the A330Neo development is almost done, it’s too late to try to kill the program. If the goal is to make a clean sweep before launching the 797, it’s not a good idea at all. Airbus will have nothing to lose to retaliate with aggressive prices (the boomerang effect). The 797 would be obviously the first casualty of a price war in the middle of market sector.
By making so much effort to kill the competition (the A330Neo or the C-series), Boeing implicitly recognizes that the competition is very valuable. So much valuable that losing money doesn’t matter. Do they realize in Chicago that a huge discount looks like self-denigration and is nothing else than a free advertisement for the competitor ?
It’s the second time in a few weeks that Airbus should thank Boeing for its help. No need to be concerned about the A330Neo program.
If true, the whole Boeing team should be fired for incompetence. Think of the CSeries boomerang fiasco : absolute beginners...