Mon, Sep 23, 2002
An AP story circulated over the weekend says that
Boeing may be on the cusp of getting into the Regional Jet market,
with a venture that could tie it to Mitsubishi.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (newspaper), of Tokyo, said
Friday that Mitsubishi is hoping to be in the air with a
30-passenger prototype in five years. Its price, the paper said,
would be just under $10 million in today's dollars. It didn't says
if that would be a delivered price, or 'green.'
Boeing, when asked, said it's not deeply into this program.
Boeing spokesman Peter Conte said, "We are always studying other
market opportunities. This would fall into that category."
Apparently, all the rumor started when Mitsubishi shopped
for partners to conduct a marketing study, and Boeing's name came
For that matter, it is known that Boeing has also been talking
with Ilyushin and Sukhoi for years, about a sub-717-sized 'liner
line. Boeing itself scrapped its idea to 'shrink' the 717 down to
as few as 70 PAX, about two years ago. The typical layout in a 717,
Boeing's smallest airliner, accommodates 106 passengers.
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