tealnz wrote:CHRISBA35X wrote:My reading of it is that they are wisely ceding the ULH sector to Airbus for the A359ULH/A350-1000ULH and putting the money saved into optimizing the 779X into its niche that Airbus has no answer to, and also into the 787-9/10 combo which is dominating the segment it plays in and has an opportunity to push the A330NEO out completely.
The only little complication is that the A35K was configured as a direct replacement for the 77W (size, payload at range...). Chosing not to play in that segment, with the 77W replacement cycle getting under way in a few years, is an interesting strategic call.
That strategic call was made when 77X was launched.
Boeing clearly had no appetite to do the original clean sheet Y3 they originally were mooting in the wake of the 787 debacle.
The technical reality meant than that new engines and new wings would also mean a stretch to amortize the heavier yet more efficient engines and to utilize the more efficient lift generation from the wings, thus doing 77X meant planes bigger than 77L/77W.
The market preference for 787/A359 sizes probably means it was a good call not to do a clean sheet.