I think a "plan B" for the middle of market might not be a bad idea.
The 767 seems very much right sized for the job. -> Boeing says so!
People still believing Boeing can easily spend anything and have time on their side, better reset.
Improving fuel efficiency an d updating system, using existing production facilities might not be a bad idea.
Maybe someone can order 50 to start off (Donald Trump/DoD, Fedex, UPS, UA, Delta, GECAS). The E-3 AWACS also need replacements.
GE's GENX backlog has been shrinking lately. The 787 is selling slow and the 747-8 went nowhere. Another platform would be welcome.
The costs, risks and time to market would probably be 20-25% of an NMA and Airbus would not have a direct answer. The 767 got major upgrades recently for the 767-400ER and KC46A. We are not talking the 1981 767-200.
Boeing’s plans for the NMA are in question after the Chicago-based planemaker last week reassigned the executive spearheading the effort, Mark Jenks, to take charge of the 737 program. Mike Sinnett, a senior engineer who had been leading Boeing’s product strategy and future airplane development team, added the NMA to his portfolio as part of the executive shuffle.
“This move seems a clear sign that the NMA program is on ice,” Bank of America Corp. analyst Ron Epstein said in a note to clients this week. “While this doesn’t imply the NMA program won’t happen, it now appears it won’t happen anytime soon.”
Airlines like AA, United and Delta are pushing hard now for clarity on the NMA, their patience isn't endless and 757/767 fleets aging rapidly.
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on Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:42 am, edited 8 times in total.