The structure of the 737NG family is apparently heavier than the 737Classics, and while their economy is better accross the range, the -600 suffers poor economics compared to it's cousin the 737-500.
So Boeing is lacking a viable aircraft in the ~100-120 seatcategory, WITH transcon range. The 717 does well to, what, 1500nm?
Either way, we hear about SAS being unhappy with their 736s, as they are barely cheaper to operate, but haul about 40 less pax, then the 73G.
To fill the gap, has Boeing considered, or is there even a feasible way, to alter the structure of, remove some compents, or just generally cut some weight from the 736 to make it a more viable ~110 seat aircraft?
Just curious what the prospects would be for a 736Lite?