Re: A3XX - to launch, or not to launch

Date:         03 Nov 98 02:05:56 
From:         Joseph Edward Nemec <>
Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Garry Forrest wrote:
> Your projected costs and margins seem to be in the ballpark -- for a
> competitive situation. Makes one wonder if an AI/Boeing joint venture
> would be of economic interest.  The barriers to entry are high enough to
> keep out any serious competition allowing the manufacturers to jack up
> the margin to 747 levels, breaking even around 150 ships.
> Recall that arch rivals Pratt and GE have collaborated; if they can do
> it, anyone can do it.

Boeing and Airbus did cooperate in looking at jointly developing
anultra-large aircraft capable of carrying up to 800 passengers, but
Boeing called it off because of the development cost.

Joseph Edward Nemec