Boeingmd82 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 236 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2503 times:
I think Boeing should bring back the B737-100 with BR715 Engines. THAT would be the A318 Killer. They could sell the 717 to airlines with large MD-80 fleets and the 737-100 to airlines with large 737 fleets. They would need to keep the flight deck common to the NGs of course.
Boeingmd82 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 236 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2463 times:
Well the B737-100 is about 10 feet shorter than the -600, putting it smack into the 100 seater category. (LH operated the -100 in the 96 passenger layout.)
The BR715 engines, designed for higher cycle duty, would cost less to operate for short flights, < 1.5 hours. The CFM56 engine is great for longer flights, but as Aloha Airlines found out, is not a good choice for high cycle work.
The A/C would be marketed as an ultra efficient workhorse for shuttle flights. This would also be a perfect aircraft to replace existing B737-200adv.
Boeingmd82 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 236 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2416 times:
I also love the Lockheed L1011, but to bring it back into production, Lockheed would have to make it stand out to be sucessful.
How about an A340 competitor:
Lockheed L1011-250 Advanced
Super long range 10,000+ with one less engine.
Larger cabin than A340 (The classic L1011 has a wider cross section than the A340)
Advanced flight deck 2 pilots, with relief quarters for long trips.
Quick Change on all models for freight operations.
Perhaps they could include a "domestic" mode that would disable the center engine and deploy a fairing over the center engine intake. And use the no 2 engine just for long range flights and emergency operations. I know, it sounds pretty out there. The machine would need to very versitile, it could theoretically replace a 777-200 and a 777-200er with one aircraft that can do either job. I belive this is the only way an airline would consider a tri-jet in the same class as the 777.
It would be hard for the new L1011 to break into the domestic market with all the 777s / 767s and soon A330s flying around.
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1913 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
I'd love to see the Boeing 707 with BR715 engines. Granted, the profile of the PW JT-3Ds would be gone, but I could live with that. Even after more than 4 decades, the 707 is one classy airplane. And please, Boeing, keep the 1960s interior over the tacky "superjet" arrangement of the early 1970s. I miss those big dome lights that turned blue at night and the passenger service units. The plane would be reasonable economical and would look great in one of the retrojet schemes floating around these days.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery