Written by susan allen-rosario
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Thursday, 7 October 2004

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"We hope to roll out a new plane this summer."

Everett, Washington - Engineers from Airbus and the Boeing Co. have joined forces to mate two of their aircraft and create an entirely new plane. The Boeing Co. is hoping that a 727-800 can be joined with an Airbus 30S to produce an offspring plane they are planning to call, The Bobus 36D.

Initial efforts to mate Boeing aircraft with Airbus were unsuccessful. "We tried a 747 with the 30S and it was not a good mix. She, (the Airbus 30S) just plain didn't like him, (the Boeing 747), said one engineer. "The 747 can be a very aggressive aircraft, sound and hearty, but a force to be reckoned with. We think he flat out, scared the little Airbus plane. We found her hovering in a corner of the hanger in the morning. She wouldn't even look at him."

The 727-800 is the plane they hope to try next. It is smaller and known for its smooth handling and soft landings. "This plane should be a better mate for the Airbus plane. It may not be love at first sight, but we can hope for a good mix this time," a Boeing Co. rep. told reporters.

Engineers have made the first step toward this union. "We introduced the two planes this afternoon, she, (the Airbus 30S) did a lot of poking around and smelling the Boeing plane, (the 727) so we hope he passed the sniff test. Later, we plan to pump romantic music into the hanger and turn the lights down low. We have chosen "Barry White" for inspiration and have supplied the 727 aircraft with higher-octane fuel, to ensure better performance. The hanger will be shut down tonight, so they can be all alone.

Cameras have been installed to document the behavior of the two planes, and their possible courtship and mating. Engineers for both companies say they hope to use what they learn from these films to help them with future joint endeavors. This is a learning experience for both companies.

"We hated to intrude on the privacy of the airplanes during this special time, but the film is a vital learning tool for all involved. Everyone working on the project, is mature and more than capable of handling any confidential information they receive, with absolute discretion."

Engineers also told us that they are not certain what the gestation period for aircraft is, they can only guess. "If their union is a success and they mate, we hope to roll out a new plane this summer."

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