Re: Load of rubbish
"This is just a way for Boeing to claw back more money."
I'd bet it's more about *time* than money (though of course, time is money in the end). Physical tests are cumbersome and time-consuming; simulations aren't. In news that is I'm sure *entirely* unrelated (koff koff), Airbus announced a new long-range A321 variant today which puts a lot of pressure on a planned new Boeing plane referred to as the NMA ("New Midsize Airplane") which is already suffering from delays in its development timeline:
so yeah, must be unrelated to why Boeing might want to replace slow physical tests with fast simulations. I'm sure it's because the simulations will be better, that's definitely it.