Re: Boeing and McDonnell Douglas Agree to Collaborate

Date:         08 Dec 96 04:12:34 
From:         Brian Wiklem <Brian_wiklem@interactive.sony.com>
Organization: Sony Interactive
References:   1
Followups:    1 2 3
Next article
View raw article
  or MIME structure

Karl Swartz wrote:
>
> [Boeing press release]
>
> SEATTLE, Dec. 3, 1996 -- The Boeing Company and McDonnell Douglas
> Corporation announced today that the two companies have agreed to pursue
> strategic collaboration on future Boeing wide-body commercial airplane
> programs.

snip

> Boeing officials said the strategic collaboration will allow the company
> to take full advantage of McDonnell Douglas' broad range of design,
> production and systems capabilities on future airplane models.

Does this open up the possibility of an acquisition of Douglas by Boeing?
It seems to lead toward that, testing out whether McDonnell Douglas is
worth the investment before any major committment.

And considering Douglas' orders are dwindling, and Boeings orders growing,
this would be one fully operational factory that could be acquired quickly,
without the need to build a whole new facility from the ground up.  In
addition, many books on Boeings history make reference to Boeing constantly
evaluating California as a major 'political' market to set up shop.

Just my two cents.

Brian