Ruscoe From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1567 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2144 times:
I have been thinking about what fuselage width A&B will go for with the 733/320 replacement craft.
B have stated just about every possibility and now saying could have 3 different fuselage widths. I think this is unlikely.
My first guess is that the next generation "narrow body" will be about 20" wider than the current 737.
This would allow the option of either single or twin ailse.In twin aise mode seats would be roughly the same as to-day but with 2 ailes and 2x2x2.
In single ailse mode the carrier could either have wider seats or a wider ailse. I think most would go for a slightly wider seat and a much wider ailse to make boarding and deboarding easier.
Second guess is that the fuselage width will stay approx same as at present, to keep weight down.
RedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4335 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2115 times:
I think Boeing is more likely than Airbus to change the barrel diameter of their fuselage, even if they stay with a single aisle concept. The 320 is pretty successful - and, for that matter, more comfortable - as is. Boeing has to revamp their 737 fuse. It is, after all, based on a 40+ year old design.
Zvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1956 times:
Boeing need to cover the market space up to the B787-8. That rules out a 5 abreast size. Given the need for 6 abreast seating and any given cabin width, one aisle is more efficient for embarkation/disembarkation than two aisles. One wide aisle will rarely be blocked. Two narrow aisles will frequently be blocked.
The B787's composite fuselage technology obviates the most of the weakness in a non-circular fuselage cross-section. Boeing can easily make Y1's fuselage greater in height than width. This would allow it to accomodate LD3 containers single-file.