American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3332 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2924 times:
If the project is formally launched with at least one major airline, I would say most likely Continental, Delta, JAL, or ANA, early next year if not end of this year, it is expected then to enter service in 2008.
Here is the chronology of the 7E7 evolution:
End of 2002: Boeing starts thinking of the 7E7
2003: Boeing engineers start working on the project
Late 2003/early 2004: The project is formally launched
2005: Assembly of the first 7E7 begins
2007: The 7E7 makes maiden flight and is certified by the FAA
2008: The 7E7 enters service
Beyond 2008: Who knows? If the 7E7 starts selling well, maybe Boeing will announce a 7E7 Stretch or a 7E7ER, or both. The 767 will be an old plane.
Where did I get all that? It's all on the Boeing Commercial Airplane website, look for 7E7.
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Cwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 19 Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2899 times:
Did anyone notice that, in the article regarding a push for US gov't support for "pushing" the 7E7 program, a reason stated by the guy suggesting this "push" was "speeding the aircraft to market"? Are there maybe notions of speeding up the project to more effectively counter Airbus and to aid the faster development of the 747 Advanced? Or am I reading too much into that statement?
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Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 37 Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2861 times:
He can talk about 'Speeding the aircraft to market' till the cows come home.... the reality of the situation is that it's going to take a few years for us and Boeing to define, design and manufacture the advanced technology (Airframe and Powerplant) which is going to make this aircraft meet it's promises.
Throwing $$$ at it won't make that big a difference to these sorts of lead times!
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