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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

What happens when Boeing runs out of numbers for their A/C designs? They went from 707 to 777. I think this is starting to worry Boeing management a little since the introduction of the 7E7. Another pickle is the 737. They're up to -900 models, what's next? Also, why did the 757/777 series begin with a -200 model? The rest of their A/C started with a -100.  Nuts

Airbus on the other hand did a better job (at least in my opinion). However, are they planning to fill in the spaces between the A330/340 and the A380? One can only imagine what those planes will look like! Big grin


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

By the time that Boeing gets beyond the 797, aircraft designs will have changed so much that it will warrant a new naming system.

I don't think this is anywhere near worrying management, I doubt they're even really concerning themselves with it.


User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2381 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

"Also, why did the 757/777 series begin with a -200 model? The rest of their A/C started with a -100."

The 757 and 767 were both designed with both stretched and contracted models in mind, with the -200 being the medium size and the first built. Both models were eventually stretched into -300s, but the 737 filled the lower end 727 replacement market so the -100 was never built. The 717 follows the same theory, with the -200 being the only model built so far.


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

They always had the gap at Boeing between 707 and 727 until recently.
-UN
The 737, who knows what they will do, go 737-100/AFR.



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2898 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

I think this is starting to worry Boeing management a little since the introduction of the 7E7
I don't think so. Boeing would be stupid to "block" the denomination 787 before they are really 100% sure that they'll build the aircraft. It was the same with the A3XX, and I think also Boeing once had a project called 7J7 back in the early 90s, which they never built.


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