Archive for Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Boeing: New plane would be 20 percent more fuel efficient than 737

May 24, 2011

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— Boeing says any new plane that replaces its hot-selling 737 could be 20 percent more fuel efficient.

Boeing is trying to decide whether to put a new engine on the 737, or make an all-new plane that would be sold around the end of this decade. Jim Albaugh, who runs Boeing Co.'s commercial airplane business, told analysts on Tuesday that the technology should be available to improve fuel efficiency by 20 percent.

That would be better than the 15 percent promised by Boeing competitor Airbus for the new-engine version of its A320. That plane is expected in 2016.

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said the company is leaning toward making a new plane, but it will maintain the option to go with a new engine.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

I was under the impression that Boeing's new passenger jet, the 787 Dreamliner, was supposed to replace the 737. And now, they are only "leaning toward making a new plane"?

Did I miss something?

Bossa_Nova 4 years ago

the 787 is a much larger aircraft than the 737. the type of flights for both planes are different. they will probably design a new plane at some point for the 737 market

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