Jetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 860 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 1 day ago) and read 6839 times:
If Boeing decides to continue the 737 line with their successful NGs, what would the series number be after the 900 series and the proposed 900X? The line has been so successful that I am sure no one really thought about it? Would they call the next possible model the 737-1000?
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (10 years 22 hours ago) and read 6645 times:
I think that Boeing's plan will be to replace the 737NG with a new narrow body airliner in the 140-200 seat category that will incorporate a lot technology and advances from the 7e7 models. This new airliner will bring an end to three generations of 737 airliners and eventually replace the 73G/738/739 plus be a true replacement for the 752 (even the smallest member of the 7e7 family is a bit large to directly replace the 752).....I do not expect that a 110 seat 732/735/736 size variant will be a part of the new family of aircraft, that market is being covered by super-sized regional jets like the E190 and CRJ900 and the 736 has not sold well for many reasons.
My guess (and its only a guess) is that we will see a 140 seat version of the 737 successor (replacing the 73G and adding a few seats), a 160 seat version (replacing the 738 which is becoming the star of the 737NG family) and a larger version to cover the 739/752 market. I also would not be surprised if the new aircraft is offered in a variety of range options.....everything from about 2000 miles for short haul up to about 5000 miles for the larger versions to cover thin long range routes. When launched, this aircraft will have to cover a huge market (far larger than the variety of missions to be covered by the 7e7, for example.)
Until then, we may see Boeing try once again with a longer range variant of the 739.....something to keep airlines happy and cover the gap that now exists in Boeing's line-up with the 757 going out of production. A while ago, it seemed that Alaska and some of the European charter carriers were interested in the 737-900ER, but there has been very little news on this variant in recent months and Alaska recently swapped some 739 orders for the 738 (mainly to fly SEA-Florida routes where the 739 has limitations) so it is very questionable if the -900ER variant will ever be launched.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 20 hours ago) and read 6516 times:
Personally I think we will see a 737-1000 series. I remember reading a article in AW&ST some months ago, the aircraft will be a standard -900 body but with major upgrades. But as Dutchjet has stated, nothing has become of it for some time now. Just my two cents. Regards.
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N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26540 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 hours ago) and read 6199 times:
the 7E3 will be the shorter-range, higher PAX version of the 7E7. I don't know what they would call the new 737-sized varient of the 7E7. Maybe WN will want them to keep calling it the 737 so they can keep the claim to 737 only forever.
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StudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 hours ago) and read 6085 times:
It's going to be interesting to see another variant of the 737, because the 737 design itself has already been around for 40 years. So an upgrade is just not going to be enough. I think, though they are upgrading the avionics etc., it's not going to be enough to compete with, say, A320 family. It's simply too outdated, though the model still is acceptable even at this stage. So I wouldn't be surprised if they release a new variant of the 7E7, say, the 7E7-4 or -5.
Rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 hours ago) and read 4504 times:
OK...here's an idea...graft the 757 nose to the 73G/8/9 body. Same idea as what Boeing did with the 777 body with the 767 nose. A simple way to "update" the product, without the added expense for now (and a way to pay homage to the 757 line). What pilot wouldn't want the bigger windshield? I actually can't understand why they didn't do that...updated look at the same time as updating the product line...
My hopes are that Boeing answers back to the slightly wider cabin of their competitor in the next narrow body generation. Regardless they still make a great plane.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 hours ago) and read 4097 times:
I think after the 737-900 they will realize that reproducing an aircraft as a new product really does not constitute of being creative and innovative, and will either shoot themselves or revive the 757 as a new product hoping that none of their existing customers will be aware of such reengineering.