Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2006 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.
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!
"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2402 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1926 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.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1800 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.