These are exactly the type of jobs our new president promised to increase it this country!
I'd take the 8% hit and do away with the tension rods, opening the aircraft to a multitude of possibilities.
Actually there were a number of Tu-154 deadly crashes in Iran which were not reported in the West. It got to the point where passengers would refuse to fly on the plane.
Easy, Boeing will announce the relocation of B747 to Mexico, Trump admin will promise tons of subsidies and big govt contracts to Boeing to stay and save jobs, Trump will pronounce himself a hero...
Boeing should just let this one go. You don't have to chase the competition for every market segment. Spend the resources on the NMA and regain an untapped market lead.