Re: A fascinating tidbit from Boeing

Date:         09 Apr 2001 15:37:06 
From:         Malcolm Weir <>
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On 04 Apr 2001 16:41:08 , (Jonathan
Thornburg) caused to appear as if it was written:

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>>  Operating costs would not be
>>  all that different from similar-sized airplanes,'' Callan continued.
>In other words [translating from PR-speak to engineer/accountant-speak],
>they'd be a bit higher than competing airplanes (whether Boeing or Airbus).

Actually, the translation is slightly less favorable:

Operating costs would be a bit higher than the operating costs of the
currently flying aircraft of comparable size, most of which were designed in
the 1980s.

This is not to say that the operating costs would be very close to the costs
of a hypothetical new design that Boeing _could_ make.

It is no secret that one of the biggest problems that the 747X faced was
that its costs were only slightly better than those of the 747-400.  By
contrast, the costs of the 777 are much better.  Airlines wanted 777-style
costs in a 747-400+ sized package; this is apparently technically possible
based on things like the GE90, extended use of composites, etc. but you have
to start with a mostly clean sheet of paper.