Re: Boeing cancels 767-500X/600X?

Date:         03 Feb 97 03:18:35 
From:         Jean-Francois Mezei <"[nospam]jfmezei">
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C. Marin Faure wrote:
> One thing you can count on, however, is that if a true market for these
> planes emerges, Boeing will have a plane to meet it.

Ok, Airbus talks about its A3XX almost as if the thing was already
launched/flying. Boeing has done much work with regards to a jumbo jet,
as well as the stretched versions of the 747 but decided to stop short
of offering them for sale because of low market potential now.

Obviously, Airbus can't really move ahead with its A3XX until it has
financing. Just how much real work on the A3XX has Airbus done so far ?
Is is it still just a concept plane with dream specifications hoping
some engineers will be able to make them into reality ? Or has its
technical feasibility been done seriously enough that it is more of a
"project" than a "dream" ????

I would be interesting to compare how far ahead both the Boeing and
Airbus projects are, irrespective of public relations exercises. Boeing
did state that a few people would continue the work on the 747-500x and
600x, right ? Is such work going to progress at about the same speed as
the work going on at Airbus for the A3XX (until it gets financing). ? Or
will Airbus move much further along the path than Boeing ?

Is it fair to assume that Airbus's A3XX at this point in time, is still
much behind the 747-500x and 747-600x in terms of engineering work
remaining ?
Will Airbus be able to catch up if it continues at its current rate with
the Boeing project during Boeing's hiatus ?

Or put another way: Assuming both companies got what they wanted today
(market for Boeing, financing for Airbus), which of the two would be
first to market with revenus passengers, and how long before the other
company acheives the same results ?