|Quoting astuteman (Reply 143):|
Airbus probably don't need to disturb the MLG, which I see as a big ticket item, as it sits in the confluence of the most constrained structures, and highest density systems, on the airframe.
Big airframe impact IMO, and why Boeing excluded it from the MAX so far.
And that's why Boeing has to hit a home run for this project to make sense, and the 737 MaxMax will be challenged to be a home run. If the relationship between the revised Boeing and Airbus aircraft is not at least like the 787/A330neo relationship -- that is, with a small but decisive edge for the Boeing product -- then this is just Boeing catching up, and return on a major investment will be challenging because Airbus will be able to undercut the new Boeing on price.
The all-new aircraft will make it much easier for Boeing to get that edge, but will also be even more expensive to create. By exactly how much, and with what schedule impact, is the question Boeing green eyeshades are working overtime to figure out.
|Quoting seahawk (Reply 147):|
And they can go twin bogey Air India style. With a strengthened design, I can see them go to 110t easily.
I think we're more likely to see an A350 Lite single bogey from both OEMs (that is, one with bigger wheels that blazes new trails in terms of contact patch size).
[Edited 2016-02-03 11:59:45]