Date: 21 Sep 98 00:31:47 From: "Michael Weiss" <ANTISPAMmweiss@microsoft.com> Organization: Microsoft Corp. References: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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Karl Swartz wrote in message ... >>And, let's not forget that they only expected to sell about fifty of 'em. >>R&D had to be kept to a minimum. This was, after all, before airline >>deregulation. > >Deregulation was approved by the US Congress in 1978. Boeing didn't >decide to build the 737-300 until two years later, in 1980, and its >first flight came in 1984. Far from being a serendipitious beneficiary >of deregulation, the 2nd generation 737 was the first aircraft tailor- >made for deregulation. Sorry. I should have been clearer. I meant the first generation 737. I suppose one could say that there was more justification to replace the 737 with a completely new design (sort of like the original intent of the 757 as a replacement for the 727).