argentinevol98 wrote:Revelation wrote:Anyone care to guess what "consortium" proposed buying the 748 program from Boeing?
It wasn't Airbus, for sure. I have no idea why they would want it but even if they did I bet they wouldn't even bother asking Boeing about it. No way in hell that would happen. Though, it is kind of fun to think about the absolute sh*t-storm that would be an A.Net thread on that topic...
In all seriousness, I suspect that someone like the Chinese could have made an offer. Sure, it is an old A/C but still far more advanced than anything they've ever produced. I think, though, that even if Boeing wanted to do that the government wouldn't be too keen on it. That said, more likely, imo, the bid may have come from aerospace companies that don't currently produce any actual aircraft but are maybe interested in getting into the game somehow. It could be some of the suppliers for the 748 itself trying to save the program to keep work flowing.
I think if a Chinese firm made such an offer in the current climate, someone in the media would have picked up on the story, no?
My first guess was a consortium of the customers, since we had read that five customers signed a letter to Boeing asking them to keep the line open.
It doesn't make a lot of sense for them to want to get into the airplane business, but it doesn't make sense for anyone to want to buy out the 747 program from Boeing, so it makes as much sense as anyone else getting involved.
Sooner or later a subscriber will fill us in.