Reports: Boeing considering development of new mid-range aircraft

Boeing officials at the Paris Air Show reveal that the company is considering developing a new single-aisle, mid-range aircraft that would be positioned between the 737 and 787.

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Several news agencies report that The Boeing Co. (Chicago, IL, US) is considering development of a new single-aisle, mid-range aircraft that would be positioned between the 737 and 787, effectively replacing the 757, which Boeing stopped manufacturing in 2005.

Speaking in an interview before the Paris Airshow, John Wojick, senior vice president for global sales and marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told Reuters that airlines were looking for an jetliner able to seat about 240 people with greater comfort, but just as efficiently as the smaller 737. Boeing, Wojick told Reuters, believes the market for such a mid-range craft could be 1,000 aircraft.  

According to The Wall Street Journal, Wojick said a critical part of developing a new jet would be designing a production system that could quickly and efficiently bring it to market. That system would be determined by what material Boeing selected for a new jet’s wings and body—carbon fiber composites or advanced aluminum. Boeing still is juggling high recurring costs of its mostly carbon-fiber 787 program, and is developing more than a half dozen other major updates to its existing product line.

When Boeing might make a decision about a new aircraft is unknown, but speculation is that the soonest such a craft could come on the market is 2025.

Click here for Reuters report. Click here for WSJ report.


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