MD90/Boeing 717

Date:         11 Jan 98 03:24:41 
From:         "Rom S. Solene" <rsolene@earthlink.net>
Organization: EarthLink Network, Inc.
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Boeing announced today it will continue to produce the MD90 but rename it
the 717-200.  Although Boeing will beat Airbus (I believe their 100 seater
will be called the AE317?) to the punch line by several years, the cockpit
commonality will not be present as it is across Boeing's other products and
as Airbus will no doubt have in their competing product when it comes to
market.  So, the question is, will the commonality issue be a big factor
given that the two manufacturers push it when hawking their respective
wares?

Also, how difficult would it be for Boeing to completely redesign the
cockpit to fit in with its other aircraft or will this endeavor equate with
redesigning the aircraft from scratch?