777 answer to A350
Flight International has a May 14 story we’ve just seen (we were out of town) about Boeing’s possible response to the Airbus A350-1000. This may be found here.
The most interesting thing to us is the timeline: within three-four years after Boeing gains clarity on the A350-1000, or perhaps by around 2018-19. Or, Boeing suggested, three or four years after the A350 EIS, currently forecast by Airbus as 2013 for the -900 model (the -1000 EIS is slated for 2015 and the -800 in 2014).
This matches our timeline suggestion to the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County (Everett, WA, where the 777 is built) in our speech in April. We said any decision by Boeing for a 777RS with a replacement would have to be made five-seven years in advance of EIS.
We told the EDC crowd of about 130 that they have until this launch date to persuade Boeing that building the airplane here in Puget Sound (Seattle) makes the most sense.
We said the clock is ticking–and it is. Wake up, people!