We've heard that Airbus will use the A321NEO as its 757-class product offering.
What can Boeing best offer as a 757-200 replacement - a 737-9MAX ER, a new aircraft class (b/t the MAX -9 and the 787-8) or a shortened 787?
From the recent Flightglobal article about a 757 replacement study....
"The largest part of that [757-200 replacement] segment is going to be filled by the larger versions of the narrowbody [737 Max]," McNerney says. "But there's some product planning we have yet to do, and we'll announce that in due course."
The remarks echo McNerney's statement about a 757 replacement last May. Speaking to analysts at last year's Boeing "investor day", McNerney explained the company's focus was on replacing the "heart" of the narrowbody market formed by the 737-700 and -800.
At the time, Boeing was still considering an all-new narrowbody, and McNerney suggested it could stretch that aircraft for the 757 replacement market or develop a shortened version of the 787.