Aesma wrote:It matters regarding the lawsuits at the WTO that are still ongoing.
Revelation wrote:I guess we'll never know the truth.
In our many long NMA threads the idea of it being a smoke screen has been floated a few times, and we'll probably never know the truth about that either.
Aesma wrote:GDB : one customer of two, Virgin Atlantic, remarked that the speed gains would be problematic since they would need to buy new slots for their transatlantic flights. Also redeyes would land in London too early (or not at all, now that I think of it isn't there a curfew ?).
Aesma wrote:Youtube just recommended a video to me, I was not looking for it and don't know much about the youtuber but he makes good points.
It's in French, you can use the autogenerated/translated closed captioning but I don't know how good it will be :
He starts by talking about the EEC/USA accord signed in 1992 regarding state aid to aircraft manufacturers, and goes on to argue that the sonic cruiser was never intended as a real airplane Boeing would make and sell, but instead a way to subsidize R&D for the 787 through state aid, that was then not taken into account for the 787, so it could get more state aid.
One argument that I find quite convincing is that no engine was in any stage of development for the plane. The other being that there was never much interest from airlines, so clearly no reason to spend billions upon billions on its development.
To this day Boeing boasts about having used the sonic cruiser development to make the 787, in particular composite know-how, modern cockpit, flight management, all electric architecture, etc.
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