Why didn't the 717 fly?

Why didn't the 717 fly?

There are 7 comments on the Press-Telegram story from May 8, 2006, titled Why didn't the 717 fly?. In it, Press-Telegram reports that:

The last harried days before the Boeing Co. decided to close down its 717 passenger plane program, executives were criss-crossing the globe in last ditch attempts to sell the aircraft.

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Swamp rat

Mandeville, LA

#1 May 8, 2006
Supposedly, the only reason Boeing kept the 717 in production was that the California congressional delegation made that a condition for getting their McDonnell-Douglas merger approved.
Coyote

Surprise, AZ

#2 May 8, 2006
Swamp rat wrote:
Supposedly, the only reason Boeing kept the 717 in production was that the California congressional delegation made that a condition for getting their McDonnell-Douglas merger approved.
Why would Boeing continue to build an aircraft that directly competed with the best-selling 737? Once they merged with MD, the only question was "How long?" to phase out the 717.
Prospective Pax

AOL

#3 Jul 9, 2006
Super aircraft, not to big not to small, great for hub busting!
Tbone

Newnan, GA

#4 Jul 9, 2006
...Best-kept secret in the skies....As the Seattle guys would say, "It is built by 'Boeing South.' It is an incredible lil jet...easy to fly, all the bells and whistles, pax love it...with the 737 bein the bread and butter of Boeing, its production days were numbered ...unfortunately built by the wrong company... the last of the Mad Dog line
MMarine

United States

#5 Jul 12, 2006
Tbone wrote:
...Best-kept secret in the skies....As the Seattle guys would say, "It is built by 'Boeing South.' It is an incredible lil jet...easy to fly, all the bells and whistles, pax love it...with the 737 bein the bread and butter of Boeing, its production days were numbered ...unfortunately built by the wrong company... the last of the Mad Dog line
I agree with Tbone, it's the B737 family of aircraft is the bread an butter, but the main reason the B717 was kept in production was in lieu of two pending orders that Boeing would still have to honor to AirTran and Hawiian Air. The contract (or order) were place before the merger occurred as McDonnell Douglas was being courted for purchase (considering that at that time, while TWA was still alive, they were placing a very serious consideration in a large purchase to replace their aging DC9 fleet) and workers in Long Beach, make a public request to Congress to have DOJ to support the merger under the condition of Boeing supported maintaining those jobs -until those orders were fulfilled.- Once that happened, Boeing (now being on their own as a merged entity) was on their own to decide the fate of the B717 production, which was clear from the get go, it was of no interest of the board of Boeing (on in its business plan.) Bottom line, two things occured then, keep production to meet obligations, and to guarantee merger approval with DOJ by saving jobs (being that Boeing is a federal government contractor.) And so, that's what happened. Merger was then approved, orders were delivered (to some extent, as now Boeing tries to entice the two pending carriers to switch to B737, as you may expect, and workers of LBeach commercial, laid off.
Mogan Dave

Bangkok, Thailand

#6 Jul 13, 2006
All that tooling is being containerized in preparation for shipment to China to facilitate a domestically built airliner to serve that Asia market. Boeing has been contracted to provide technical support for eight years.
Going Boeing

AOL

#7 Apr 3, 2010
I love flying aboard Midwest Airlines 717's.

How many do they have flying now? They are quiet comfortable, and roomy. Thankfully Midwest does not fly those crap awful regional jets.

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