Re: Why "IGW" instead of "ER", and other question about 777's...

Date:         09 May 97 03:28:59 
From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1997.1040@ohare.Chicago.COM>, kls@ohare.Chicago.COM
(Karl Swartz) wrote:

> > 3) A 777-400X could not be assembled in the factory in which Boeing
> > currently assembles 777s. This factory has a capacity of seven per
> > month. At present, the factory is booked to capacity for the next 18
> > months or so ...
>
> The report I saw said all delivery positions were commited thru the
> turn of the century -- over 32 months at this point.
>
> I've wondered if this might give Airbus a nice opportunity, much as
> they gave Boeing one a few years ago.  Early in the A320 program,
> Airbus lost some sales to Boeing because Airbus only had scattered
> A320 delivery positions available for several years out.  Sales to
> large carriers would require fairly rapid delivery of a large number
> of planes, and since Airbus couldn't do that, they couldn't even bid
> on some orders that ended up going to Boeing (or McDonnell Douglas).

But don't forget all that nice McDonnell Douglas floorspace that could
just as easily be used to build 777s as MD-11s.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane