Amiga500 wrote:The big problem the airframers have with scope is - you are placing a multi-billion dollar program on the premise that a pen-stroke does not happen.
If the pilots unions decided in 2022 to allow the E175-E2 to be within scope, MITAC will have sunk how many billion into a pit? One (well, 3) pen-strokes and the entire market premise is gone.
Scope is an artificial restraint outside of market and is entirely free of inertia. Its a dangerous game for airframers betting on scope changing/not changing.
Scope isn’t an artificial restraint. Any US3 airline can fly an E175-E2 tomorrow so long as it doesn’t say “express” or “connection” or “Eagle” on it. All scope does is prevent outsourcing and forces airlines to actually fly their own flights on their own metal instead of the lowest bidder. The manufacturers need to complain to the greedy airline CEOs and convince them to stop outsourcing...that has as good a chance of succeeding as trying to relax scope.