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Why Is There A Gap Between The 787-3 And 787-8?  
User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4899 times:

I am not sure if this has been discussed before but why is there a gap in naming series between the 787-3 and 787-8? How come Boeing started at -3 and skipped to -8 not even a -7? I know the 787-3 and 787-8 have the same size fuselage but different wings but could the -7 be reserved for a ULR version of the 787 with that size fuselage? It seems the future versions of the 787 such as the -10 or even a -11 will have longer fuselage than the rest of the series.

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31124 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4882 times:
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Aircraft commercial naming schema now seem to be more about marketing then anything else.

It is possible 787-3 refers to the ~3500nm range of the model and 787-8 refers to the ~8500nm range of that model.

Since the -9 and -10 (and -11X) are all longer then the -8, they have higher numbers.


User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
It is possible 787-3 refers to the ~3500nm range of the model and 787-8 refers to the ~8500nm range of that model.

Good point , I never thought of it like that but it makes sense.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4839 times:

Quoting JAM747 (Thread starter):
could the -7 be reserved for a ULR version of the 787 with that size fuselage?

They'd probably just call it the 787-8ER or LR. In keeping with previous naming schemes of Boeing a/c.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12741 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

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