From: email@example.com (Jean-Francois Mezei) Organization: DECUServe Date: 27 Feb 96 23:00:26 References: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1996.262@ohare.Chicago.COM>, JW6191A@american.edu (John Witherspoon) writes: > This makes no sense to me -- are airplane performance numbers that hard > to come by? I'm sure Boeing didn't just dream this up -- if an A330/A340 > can cruise at greater than 0.78 Mach, you'd think the whole world would > know about it, and Boeing wouldn't make itself look stupid by > advertising something to the contrary. Unfortunatly, Boeing *may* have said that, but in a context which was not properly interpreted by the reporting media (magazine, newspaper etc). For instance, Boeing *may* have been reporting that a certain airline, under certain circumstances, cannot operate a certain aircraft above a certain speed and this was misreported as Boeing stating that Airbus planes cannot exceed such a speed. Or Boeing may have made a mistake in wording their statement so that it was not clear that it applied to a specific condition and made it look like Boeing was making a generalisation. Or, if Boeing is like many large computer makers (minis-mainframes of the 80s), some technical guy may have made a statement to a marketing guy and the marketing guy only say what was interesting to him and made the generalisation that Airbus cannot exceed a certain speed and did not understand under what circumstances such a limit would be imposed.