Date: 20 Jan 98 01:29:13 From: "Thomas A. Beckley" <email@example.com> Organization: All USENET -- http://www.Supernews.com References: 1 Followups: 1 2
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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? As I'm sure many other people will/have pointed out, it's the MD-95 that was renamed, not the MD-90. I believe that the 717-200 has three computer screens as its instrumentation, so I would think that Boeing may be able to make the cockpit of the 717-200 similar to its other modern aircraft with only some minor software modifications. This is similar to the 767-400 which is also using these displays, and according to an official Boeing press release (http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/1998/news_release_980109.html), these screens allow commonality between its different aircraft. Finally, the Airbus that competes directly with the 717-200 would be the AE316. There is also an AE317, but it is slightly larger (about 120 passengers versus 100 passengers).