|Quoting BoeingVista (Reply 55):|
Quoting Stitch (Reply 52):
Yet one imagines a concern of Airbus was having two A350XWB models with two powerplant options and one model having only one which would complicate spares and maintenance for operators looking to operate the entire range. A concern I would think Boeing would have as well if the MAX-9 had a different engine than the -7 and -8.
Well this is completely up to Boeing, a Leap will not get them the same SFC as a GTF; if they want to spend a shed load of cash screwing with wings, undercarrige and wingbox to still come up short and still get spanked by the A321NEO they can go down the single engine path the choice is theres.
It is a commonplace here that both of the major OEMs have a huge depth of knowledge & skills; I can only think of a couple of contributors who are so completely, idiotically one-eyed in favour of either A or B as to see no merit at all in the products of the other, competing OEM.
A brand-new, high-performance and lightweight wing added-to the existing, competitive 737 body-structure and latest-generation engines would seem to hold great technical promise, even when competing with such a great aeroplane as the forthcoming A321neo.
B's problem is far more likely to be that A will have the ability to price the A321neo way down at any time, giving B a huge headache facing an unpredictably long wait until the multi-billion investment pays off.
Completely stupid post, really.
Takes all types, I suppose.