Re: airliner market analysis [long]

Date:         18 Apr 98 00:49:38 
From:         Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang)
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In article <airliners.1998.597@ohare.Chicago.COM>,  <spagiola@usa.net> wrote:
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>It's interesting to note that the lengthened 737-400 hasn't sold that well
>either.

Excellent point.  When Boeing launched the 757 and later ceased the
production of the 727, Boeing left a big hole in its family of aircraft.
The 737-400 barely satisfies the capacity requirement but has far shorter
range than the 727.  Airbus nicely filled the market with the A320.
Perhaps, Boeing has itself to blame for leaving a lucrative market sector
for Airbus to attack.  Boeing allowed Airbus to become a viable competitor.
It's quite obvious that the 737NG is meant to fill this hole.  Hence, it's
not a big surprise that the -800 is the best-selling model in the 737NG
family.