|Quoting travelhound (Reply 11):|
The problem with the deferred costs is that we don't know what is and isn't included.
I admit to not having read all the posts, but Boeing could quite reasonably apply a lot of these costs to other programs, (if they wanted tp).
The wings of the 777X for instance, have benefited greatly from787 research and development and problems., as will the MOMK and NSA.
If you look back at the 707, Boeing had to develop it or get out of the race altogether, and from it has come the 727 737 and to a certain extent the 757.
The same can be said for the 787 whose lessoned learned in R&D, and production systems, will assist many programs in the future.
Those old enough will remember that similar things regarding development costs were said about the 707, and it certainly hadn't broken even when the 727 started production.
I don't know if it ever did,, but without it Boeing would not be here, same for the future if the 787 was not developed.
So whatever it cost, and even if it never breaks even, it was not just a new aircraft program but an investment in the future.
However imo it will break even at least and I expect it will sell more than 1300.