Man, it sucks Boeing decided to put that Sonic Cruiser on the shelf. That thing looked like it would be a killer of an airplane! Maybe when the economy picks up and everyone and everything is all rosy red again, Boeing might decide to continue with it.
It was going to cost them around 7 billion (I think) to put the thing together. Guess they couldn't get enough customers interested in it to make it worth the cost and then that's probably all because the economy had started it's down turn around the time they annouced plans for it all...........
Boeing needs to do something they are loosing market share and are certainly not nearly as prosperous as they were just a few years ago. I am not sure things like the sonic cruiser, and 747 XXL etc are they way forward - the need to focus on streamlining their operation, saving money, and serving their customers, once you have taken care of that you can spend some time and money on concepts.
Some guys take things too personally - it is a company!! Your average passenger could not tell you the difference between an Airbus and a Boeing and most of them do not care, just as long as it gets them there.
What boeing needs to do is come out with a new design that replaces the 737. They have already said that the big jets are not what they think will be a big seller in the future. Make it slightly larger/wider so freaks like me (6'4" 200#) can sit in it. At work i get to work with the 733 and the A319 equally. They both have thier good and bad sides but as an average joe riding on one I much prefer the airbus. They are slightly wider and just a bigger overall airplane. I can get comfortable on a 319, on a 737 i cant stop thinking of how cramped i am.
They keep trying to stretch the 737 and make it newer but it is still the same body with the same engines on it that sit too low and needed to be adjusted. Engines on a 737 are not round for a reason.
Make it about 1 to 2 feet wider, sit it up a little higher, and then put some more new bells a whistles on it. If Boeing would do this, I really think airlines would flock to an airplane like this. People would demand it if it was an option.
You know I think its two different design 'philosophies' with American compared to European ergonomics. I've heard the Airbus cockpits are designed well for pilot comfort. Also, I'm 6'4" and I have more room in a VW Passat than I do in a Cadillac Deville. It makes no sense, i cant figure out why its done that way.
The most comfortable seat in any airplane is the Jumpseat of an A319. I have been able to sit in that thing a few times as we took the plane over to the hangar. Man its sooo spacious! I can actually fit my legs in there! Oh yeah and there are two of them, kinda a 4 seat cockpit. As for the 737 jumpseat... I dont really understand the idea of putting a seat in an airplane that does not allow any room for your legs. I guess its designed for double leg amputees?
Sitting in the jumpseat on a 319 is makes you feel like captain on the starship enterprise!