|Quoting EDDB (Reply 95):|
the dilemma for Boeing at the moment is that whatever they'll do, they'll kill part of their own programs (and especially programs they just invested in)
- same can be said for Airbus, killing entirely anything larger than 330-200, other than 380. Somehow, however, even 340-600 still sells, so I don't see how it is that big problem. As for "they just invested in" - 777 already has more than 1000 orders, 787 already has more than 700 orders. 77W already sold in good numbers for derivative. As for 748, while Boeing might hope it to be something more significant on passenger aircraft market than it is, money for freighter sales is exactly the same money.
And I really don't see how and why larger, heavier 787 will be a problem to build. Upgrading 777 is a nice way to go, but somehow Airbus does not upgrade 330. Whoever can explain me why "big" 350 is piece of cake while for 787 it's a part of "difficult dilemma" - please do so. While doing it, don't forget that 787 has several years advantage and may very well appear in its heavy version before any
350 is built, and that being 5 or so inches wider, 350 has same ability to be stretched, and no more. I have an impression that whoever already "decided" how Airbus becomes a preferable monopoly in what is currently is 340/777 market, forgets that base model of their competition is already built, and strongly believes that in size 350:787 is something like 777:767 or 380:747. It's not, guys.
Oh, and forget about Y3. One example of jumping to a highly questionable market is quite enough. Boeing refused to do it once, why would they do it this time.