Chicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 380 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
I was wondering if you guys think that either Boeing or Airbus will make a plane with rear mounted engines like the DC-9 / MD80? I know the MD-90 wasnt a big success, but maybe something different than the twin engine wing-mounted aircraft. Tell me what you think............
Bobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 2678 times:
Actually the 717 looks alot like the normal DC-9's not so much the MD-90's. However Boeing i know has a prototype of somesort like the MD-90's that i think they where going to offer to the airlines. The 717 is selling ok, Hawaian has a good amount, AirTran flyes the 717 which is replacing there DC-9's and buying A319's as well. There are a few other airlines buying the 717....Quantas, goes i know of some others but i just can think of them right now...oh well im going to go look up some pictures and see.
I dont think Boeing and exspesially Airbus are going to make a rear mounted engine aircraft again.
Beltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
Bobs89: I think they are looking at a stretch 717 to appeal to the current operators. This will make it, I believe, the equivalent of the old DC-9-40 in length. The longer the 717 gets, the more it encroaches on 737 sales; and Boeing does not want to do that.
What Boeing really should have done (starting 10 years ago) was develop a smaller, 5-across jet to match or beat the new RJs. I don't think anyone could have anticipated the RJ (or big-RJ) growth spurt.
Western737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 2408 times:
Good question. I wouldn't say "never" and there's might be some possible in future. Like Greg said, it is uneconomical and other factors applied in nowdays. I think I remembered seeing some notes that the rear-mounted engines also create some difficulties for maintenance too. But there's always possible if they find a better way to get it done well efficient and economically.
Chicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 380 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 2335 times:
ACTUALLY GUYS AirTran IS considering the A319.......here's a clip from an article.
AIRTRAN EVALUATE AIRCRAFT ORDER
AirTran Airways wants to order up to 100 more jetliners to continue its sharp growth, Chief Executive Joe Leonard said.
AirTran has strong ties to Boeing, but is also talking with rival jet maker Airbus about a possible blockbuster deal for 50 new jets and options on 50 more, Leonard said. Neither Boeing nor Airbus would confirm it was talking to AirTran, which currently leases most if not all of its 717s from Boeing and plans to continue growing at about 25 per cent per year from 2003 through 2005. "We would like, probably later this year, to put in an order for 100 airplanes - 50 firm airplanes and 50 options," Leonard said. "We see the need to take about one airplane a month to keep us on that growth plan, starting in mid next year." AirTran, which operates mostly on Eastern U.S. routes from its Atlanta hub, is the second all-Boeing carrier this month to say it might switch to Airbus, following Alaska Airlines similar statement on Jan 10.
Leonard said he would like to strike a deal in 2003 and begin taking delivery of which AirTran outfits with 117 seats, or taking slightly larger 737-700s, while one new jet per month by the middle of 2004, about the time a current AirTran agreement with Boeing for 717s has run its course. The talks with Boeing have centred on stretching or adding long-range fuel tanks to the 717, AirTran has talked with Airbus about the larger A319, Leonard said.