With this and the UAC widebody concept in the news... I have to wonder - are the Kremlin expecting a massive upswing in oil prices?
Same as the Joint Cargo Aircraft.
That fiasco should have seen USAF generals in jail.
Or that the US would not supply AMRAAM...
The question is really:
Can you cover the range of 500nm- 5000nm and 150-300 (2-class) seats with one wing design?
If the answer is yes, then your middle ground aim is a 200 seater...
- Sell off aerostructures? And pay through your teeth for any support work, mods, variants or new families in the future. Shortsighted.
- Sell Commercial Aircraft? So all the hardships...