Re: MD-95-30 becomes 717-200 "Regional Jet"

Date:         11 Jan 98 03:24:43 
From: (Brian Clouse)
Organization: Prodigy Services Company  1-800-PRODIGY
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But what, besides engines and instruments and flight controls, is really
the difference between a "new, modern" Boeing 717-200 and a 30-year-old
Douglas DC9-10?  The few of us who care won't accept the name, but most
of the traveling public probably doesn't care anyway.

I'd also really like to know why Boeing refuses to make any public
decision on shortening the plane to a 70-seater (which would make it a
pretty stubby-looking, draggy plane with a longitudinal stability margin
problem, I would think).  Are they simply trying to scare Embraer,
Dornier, AI(R) and the like out of the market as a favor to Bombardier?