LAX772LR wrote:You think that kind of scenario doesn't happen on a near daily basis, with both EOMs?
If such an order could justify both the long-term and short-term direct cost AND revenue requirements for 767F/747F sustenance, WHILE neutralizing the opportunity cost of alternative production at the same time; then Boeing will do it.
If it can't, and 5X couldn't be bent toward a 777F or otherwise as an alternative.... then Boeing would cede the order.
At the end of the day, they can't create a detriment to themselves and their suppliers, just to point fingers at Airbus and yell "nanny-nanny-booboo!"
"Just to point fingers at Airbus and yell nanny-nanny-booboo"??? You think that's what it would be about? How about keeping a long time customer that is extremely happy with both the 767F and 748F.
I used UPS as an example, but it appears there is continued interest from others as well. This is much more than being able to say "nanny-nanny-booboo" to Airbus or even about ceding a single order. It is about ending the production line for a type to which there is no equal replacement.