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Why Is There A Gap Between The 787-3 And 787-8?

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:00 pm

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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RE: Why Is There A Gap Between The 787-3 And 787-8?

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:12 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Is There A Gap Between The 787-3 And 787-8?

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:21 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Is There A Gap Between The 787-3 And 787-8?

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:51 pm

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.
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RE: Why Is There A Gap Between The 787-3 And 787-8

Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:54 pm

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