Date: 11 Jan 98 03:24:41 From: "Rom S. Solene" <email@example.com> Organization: EarthLink Network, Inc. Followups: 1
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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?