Well, quite interesting but to be honest I don't think this will happen in the near future. It sounds nice, but at this time it can't be in any other than theoretical stage. Airbus is having enough work and troubles with their A380 and A350 program. They are still searching for hundreds of engineers to work for them. They have nearly 2000 employment offers, that still need to be filled. Until that problem is solved, and the production of A380 and 350 is running, I highly doubt that any other project will be considered - not meaning evaluated.
QUOTE(Im tha king @ Jul 14 2006, 08:49 PM)
[...]Dang, Airbus is probably going to face a lot of arguements from the engine manufacturer, I'm 100% GE will not bother helping Airbus's A370 when they have a risk-sharing agreement with Boeing and their Boeing 777-300ER. Hopefully, Boeing is prepared for the worst. [...]
What a lot of people here don't seem to understand, is that the engine manufacturers often build the same engine type for various models of different AC manufacturers. If another AC manufacturer comes along and chooses the same engine they will be happy to sign another contract. Even if the plane types would be competitors they would make money on each engine they sell. If the engines are different, the separate development will diminish their profits, but any profit would be enough to justify a new concept. The only direct competitor they have is within their own business branch.