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  • NO NEED TO WORRY, BOEING KEEPS MULLING 737's SUCCESSOR

    SOURCE:Flightglobal.com
    Boeing continues its studies of a 737 replacement
    By Mary Kirby

    Development of a twin-aisle narrowbody has gotten attention from Boeing, as the airframer continues to study a replacement for its highly-successful 737 family.

    “I think it’s interesting and clearly something we have to look at,” the company’s VP marketing Randy Tinseth said this morning at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) conference in Orlando, Florida in response to a question about twin-aisle narrowbody studies.

    International Lease Finance chief Steven Udvar-Hazy recently said that the leasing company has been "advocating" the development of twin-aisle narrowbody aircraft with seven-abreast seating - which the lessor has dubbed "Airbus A360" and "Boeing 797" - but added that such an aircraft would depend on progress with new technology and would be a long-term prospect.

    In terms of what a single-aisle replacement will look like, Boeing is “looking at everything”. The question will have to be answered over the next few years, says Tinseth.

    He notes that Boeing has been working on 737 replacement studies for some time. It is well aware that some day, the 737 and Airbus A320 will be replaced “and we are preparing for that day”.

    But Tinseth also points out technology to support a replacement for Boeing’s 737 narrowbody will not be ready “until at least 2015”.

    Airbus chief operating officer, customers John Leahy discussed narrowbody replacement yesterday at ISTAT. Entry into service of a new Airbus single aisle aircraft is not likely to happen until about 2017-2020, and probably not until the latter part of that timeframe, he said.


    Source: flightglobal.com's sister premium news site Air Transport Intelligence news
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  • #2
    Originally posted by uy707
    ..................................................but added that such an aircraft would depend on progress with new technology and would be a long-term prospect.
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    But Tinseth also points out technology to support a replacement for Boeing’s 737 narrowbody will not be ready “until at least 2015”.
    .................................................................
    What new technology might Boeing be looking for?
    Blended wing?
    T-tail plus canard?
    Un-ducted fans?
    Other?

    Are not Embraer and other companies targeting the 737 class of aircraft market?

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    • #3
      Other companies openly target this market
      As for technology, I figure the final result will be a scaled down 787
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Highkeas
        What new technology might Boeing be looking for?
        Blended wing?
        T-tail plus canard?
        Un-ducted fans?
        Other?

        Are not Embraer and other companies targeting the 737 class of aircraft market?
        Blended wing? Not really.
        T-tail plus canard? Possibly a canard only. Canards cause ground handling problems. Ground equipment and jet way issues.
        Unducted fans? No.
        Other?
        The replacement almost certainly be close to 100% composite.
        The engines will be non air bleeding engines like the 787. This technology exists but has not been developed for an engine of the power output needed for an aircraft of this size. A geared fan is very likely as is the possibility of variable pitch (constant speed) fan. These two developments could improve engine fuel efficiency 10 - 20%.

        The next logical step for Embraer and Bombardier should be an aircraft of this size however there is more to building a larger aircraft than simply building something larger. It would depend on the companies long term plans and the time frame for these plans to be developed.
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        • #5
          Take yer

          Piaggio Avanti, stretch it a tad, bingo.

          I think Bombaredembraer will stretch the RJ so that it looks like a Amtrak train and cover the under 200 seat market.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by uy707
            Other companies openly target this market
            As for technology, I figure the final result will be a scaled down 787
            All-composite with 3x3 seating in a single aisle configuration. Perhaps a foot wider cabin so each seat gets 2 more inches width. I give the double-aisle 10-1 odds.
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            • #7
              they should make a 737-1000. it would have smaller versions of the 787 engines. and be more efficient than the 787
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              • #8
                ^OK then, but since everything is set to be new, let's open a new chapter
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