Date: 21 Nov 97 01:59:54 From: email@example.com (Malcolm Weir) Organization: Little to None References: 1 2 3
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On 20 Nov 97 02:53:42 , "Mihir Shah" <firstname.lastname@example.org> caused to appear as if it was written: >Benont wrote in message ... >>BOEING CONSIDERS ALSO THE LAUNCH OF THE MD-12 ! > >Excuse me? McDonnell-Douglas had pretty much pulled the plug on all future >wide-body developments, or at the very least, there were very weak >arguements for those developments. The MD-11 has apparently survived, at >least for a few years, but the MD-12?! Could you please back up your >comment with a source, article, news release, announcement, etc.? > >(Moderator(s): How did this message get though?...seems very >uncharacteristic for a m.t.a-i posting (i.e.: no substantiation, etc.)) You may find it strange, but it is true! As has been mentioned before, Boeing bought more than a bunch of military work and some assembly lines. They also bought some pretty smart people. Now, the MD-12 design has been floating around for some years, but McDD could never justify the development. It was formally rejected as a development project in 1993, but that was a business decision based on McDD's situation, and the economy, at the time. Following the acquisition, Boeing acquired the MD-12 as a potential starting point for a competitor to the A3XX (if it decides that it needs one), and one which the airlines might like more than the original 747-500X and -600X that were proposed and then canceled at the beginning of this year. Mihir, you may want to retract your note to the moderators, since there is a half-page article on the subject, including an artist's impression of the MD-12, in the 10 -16 September issue of Flight International (page 7). The article goes on to say: "The favoured target (of a Boeing NLA study group) appears to be an aircraft slightly larger than the MD-12, which was offered in two main versions: a 14,800km range aircraft with 430 seats and a 13,320km range aircraft with 511 seats". Malc.