posted on Mar, 20 2008 @ 07:39 AM
The 717 sold all of 158 aircraft in the 12 year production run - thats not selling the pants off anything - and douglas with the DC-9 made a great job
- it was boeing with the 717 after they bought MD that messed it all up; the 737-600 isn`t really an RJ - at 132 seats its too big (technically -they
have to pay them heavy flight rates not RJ flight rates) - BUT it is bought by the people who *could* have bought the 717;
and thats the issue - with the B737 once type qualified your all set - the 717 (or dc-9) had a unique cockpit which meant to fly another aircraft you
had to type quailify , whereas A318 aircrew could jump right into the much bigger A321 and fly it, same with 737 aircrew.
To give you numbers in 7 years airbus have 100 orders for the A318 ; Boeing have 69 orders for the B737-6 and in comparison Canadair have made 260
CRJ-700 and have orders for 130 CRJ-900 - in the same time frame as both Airbus and Boeing offerings -and so far they have 70 orders for the as yet
unbuilt CRJ-1000 and by far and away the market leader , Embraer , have over 500 orders for there E-170 and E-190 aircraft( and a further 750+
options); as an idea the E-190 which first flew in 2006 has 250 orders allready with 36 allready delivered - and at 1/2 the cost of the competing
boeing and airbus.This is why boeing is really a bit player in this market and so , really , is airbus.
the canadian P&W engine bid? old news please read up in many threads from years ago about that one;
Press reports like this are common in the aircraft industry
no there not
this `comment` by Boeing is them throwing there toys out of the the pram - first with them ignoring the USAF asking for a trip 7 tanker and offering
the end of line 767 which they didn`t ask for - [and there is alot of information about that on pprune] it was Boeing who wrote the tanker specs not
the usaf which is why a good few people at Boeing lost there jobs and at least 3 are in prison now.
and give examples of anyone else other than Boeing making stupid comments ` this product isn`t warrented` - thats utter crap - Boeing arn`t leaders or
even in this sector so they are crying about the market leaders. end of.