Date: 04 Sep 99 11:38:35 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen H. Westin) Organization: Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics References: 1 2 3 4 5
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Terry Schell <email@example.com> writes: > James Matthew Weber wrote: > > My own belief is GE got the business in part because the other choices > > were not especially viable in the eyes of Boeing... PW was almost > > certain to have problem with In-Service Date, RR didn't provide any > > growth capability, which would effectively lock the aircraft into a > > 1999 configuration indefinitely. > > What I don't understand is why GE wanted the exclusive contract. They > have a great deal of evidence that their competitors could not bring a > product to market in a timely and cost-effective fashion. GE had to > realize that they could crush any offering by RR or PW because of their > vastly lower development costs. But in might be a Pyrrhic victory: if, say, RR came in and took 15% of the market, it could make the difference between profit and loss for GE. The exclusivity reduces risk for GE, and I suspect that was needed to get their commitment. -- -Stephen H. Westin Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not represent the position of Cornell University or any of its sponsors.