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Boeing's Future Family

Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:16 am

Here is my opinion of the future family of Boeing Commercial Aircraft:

Short Range:
737 and 717

Medium Range:

Long Range:

And a far but cool stretch:
Resurected, modernized Boeing SST USA Laugh out loud

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RE: Boeing's Future Family

Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:19 am

What about the "sunglasses, coffeemakers, milkshake blenders, microwave ovens, power drills, bicycles, skateboards, alarm clocks, lawnmowers, weed wackers and possibly a battery operated vibrating device?" ....per the other thread !!!
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RE: Boeing's Future Family

Thu Dec 04, 2003 8:12 am

What about BWB (Blended-Wing Body)? Boeing has decided to build it in the near future!
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RE: Boeing's Future Family

Thu Dec 04, 2003 8:34 am

uh... no they haven't.

As far as BWBs go, they're still not even past the "wouldn't this model be cool, hey pass that sh!t" stage  Big grin
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RE: Boeing's Future Family

Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:28 am

I generally agree, but note that the 7E7 will have range roughly equal to the 777-200ER and 747-400 - Boeing wants the three to be interchangeable on a given route.

On the high end of the spectrum, a 747 Advanced may replace the 747-400 beginning around 2010, if the 744 can hang on that long. There is a gap between the 777-300ER and the A380 that needs filling, but it's not big enough for a totally new airplane.

The 777 will be around for a long time, and future derivatives incorporating 7E7 technology are not out of the question. A 777 super-stretch is a second alternative to close the gap above the 744, but Boeing would rather see the 747 remain in production.

Boeing will probably begin pondering a 737/757 replacement to fit in below the 7E7 around 2010, perhaps with EIS by 2020. If the 717 doesn't land a significant chunk of the Star Alliance order, it will be gone in a few years.

Unless Boeing's current super-jumbo forecast is proved stunningly incorrect, I don't see them producing anything larger than a modest 747 stretch in the near future, including a BWB. In their opinion, the very limited market does not justify the expenditure.

A new SST is very unlikely in the near term, although I do expect subsonic cruise speeds to creep slightly upward (the 737NG, 747X proposal, 777, and 7E7 are all a few Mach points faster than their predecessors). If technology advances permit, a 300-pax transpacific Mach 2+ SST might be feasible in 20-30 years, but I doubt private firms will take the risk of developing one without substantial government help. Hypersonic airliners remain little more than wishful thinking.


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RE: Boeing's Future Family

Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:43 am

How about future Airbus aircraft!....LOL