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vatveng
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How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:49 pm

OK, let's do a little role-playing here:

Imagine it's 2009 and you're in the board room at Boeing (a fantasy for some here!) and you have just signed off on the design of the 737 replacement, using 787 technology and all the other bells and whistles we've all been discussing over in Civil Av. Assume 3 variants initially with sizes comparable to the current -700, -800, and one larger between the -800 and the 783. Also assume that you've built in the ability to shrink it to -600 size and possibly even E-195 size in the future, but these 2 smaller variants may or may not actually be built and aren't part of the initial offering.

Now comes the question from marketing: What do we call this family of aircraft, and what do we name the variants?

How would you answer that question?
 
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How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:15 pm

heck...

797...

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How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:21 pm

No doubt 797. This is only logical. It MUST NOT be an "737 NNG", it must be a totally new plane with technology of the 787.
 
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How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:53 am

I do not understand the reasoning behind the -3, -8, and -9 used on the 787, so I would vote for using traditional 200, 300, 400 etc, with 100 available for downsizing.
Perhaps the new single aisle will be more revolutionary then even the 787, and it will be time to open a new naming system! If they jumped to 808 they could maybe lock in chinese customers on the name alone, and HA and AQ would almost be obligated to fly the type (due to widespread use of the Island's telephone area code of 808 in business names and pop culture).
 
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How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:51 am

808!!! I think it would be worthy of starting off an entire new naming system, if it approaches the success level of the 737.
 
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How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:01 am

Quoting RaginMav (Reply 4):
808!!! I think it would be worthy of starting off an entire new naming system, if it approaches the success level of the 737.

It could be worthy, but no number in the world will ever sound or look as good as 7x7.
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RE: How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:20 am

How about the 737-4G family! What about 737-1xxx series for a new fuselage and generation? And please, it's time to drop the 737-600!

737-1000 (73G size)
737-1100 (738 size)
737-2200 (757-200 size w/extra thrust engines)
 
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RE: How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:36 am

Would / Could Boeing move away from the 7X7 numbering, if they did and started an 8X8 series, then surely it has to be something that is different from everything that they have done before, as in the evolution of of the 7X7's series, what had they done before in civil aviation that was similar, when they brought out the 707?. We don't need NNG, if its an upgrade to the 737, then let it be the 737-1000, 1100, 1200 etc etc.

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RE: How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:04 am

Quoting Boeing73G (Reply 6):
What about 737-1xxx series for a new fuselage and generation?



Quoting Crox1 (Reply 7):
if its an upgrade to the 737, then let it be the 737-1000, 1100, 1200 etc etc.

This is what I was thinking, the 737 has been the most successful commercial airplane ever, why not capitalize on the recognizable name? The "thousand" line could be touted as "the 737, reinvented"

But my thinking was begin with 737-2000 to allow -1000 and maybe -1500 for two possible smaller-than-the-700 variants.

737-1xxx: future shrink if necessary
737-2000: 73G size
737-3000: 738 size
737-4000: 752 size

Quoting Boeing73G (Reply 6):
And please, it's time to drop the 737-600!

I think it might be smart for them to keep the possibility open to shrink the 737, especially since the 717 has been killed off, in case Airbus decides to build an A317 "big regional" to try and siphon off sales from Canada and Brazil. Highly unlikely, I know, but building in the ability to shrink the 737 would keep Boeing's options open should the French try a stunt like that.
 
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RE: How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:31 am

It should be the 797, only because it keeps with tradition. After that, maybe an 807 or something. Whatever it is, it MUST keep a 7 in the name, because EVERY Boeing passenger aircraft since the 247 has had one (except the 314, but that was an entirely different kind of aircraft):

247
307
377
707
720
727
737
747
767
757
777
717
787
 
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RE: How Should Boeing Name The 737NNG?

Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:15 am

How about something like this?
708, 718, etc.
709,etc.
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