From: M.J.Jennings@amtp.cam.ac.uk (Michael Jennings) Date: 26 Mar 1997 18:10:19 GMT Organization: University of Cambridge DAMTP References: 1 2 3 4
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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Merlin Dorfman <email@example.com> wrote: >H Andrew Chuang (Chuanga@cris.com) wrote: >: The MD-90 is doomed. The MD-95 does not have a bright future, either. > I expect the first thing Boeing will do is stop production of all >McDonnell Douglas airliners. To produce more than one in any category >would only be competing with themselves, and to kill a Boeing product >would be admitting the McD aircraft is better...unlikely at best. I don't think that they will be that dogmatic about it. I'd think that any orders that are outstanding will be filled, if the airline wants them to be, and if orders keep coming for any of the MD types and Boeing/MD can make money on them, Boeing will keep selling them. It would be poor business practice to do otherwise. I agree with Andrew that the MD-90 won't last long and the MD-95 probably won't last long either (although Boeing doesn't have a direct competitor to it). The one aircraft I wonder about is actually the MD-11, and more particularly the MD-11F. The freighter version is quite popular and has received a few orders lately, Boeing doesn't have a direct competitor, and the 777 people are presently more concerned with longer-range passenger varients. I would think that it would be at least useful for Boeing to keep supporting this for a while. Michael. -- Michael Jennings Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics The University of Cambridge. firstname.lastname@example.org "`I need every aluminum can you can find! And duct tape!"