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Should the Boeing 737 Be Permanently Retired?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:44 am

Although the Original & Classic 737 series appear to have no serious faults at this time, the Boeing 737 MAX's MCAS issues & structural problems with the pickle forks in the Next Generation series (which might end up appearing in the Boeing 737 MAX due to similar air frames and weight-bearings) seem to be a result of Boeing's refusal to develop a new air frame for a short-to-medium range airliner, instead choosing to continue updating the short-haul 737 from the late 60s. The addition of heavier engines to adjust the short-haul airliner into a medium-haul one may have instead created an overly-stressed short-haul airliner that has been pushed beyond its limits to adapt to a longer range. However, it may also be true that the Boeing 737 could be engineered out of its woes and not need replacement by a new air frame, a cost-effective option for Boeing that it likely wishes to pursue. Considering the current state of Boeing 737s, do you think they should be permanently retired and a new, original air frame be made in its place, or that they should continue to be updated with successive series since the current problems with the 737 are not related to the original air frame (in your opinion)?
 
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Re: Should the Boeing 737 Be Permanently Retired?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:14 am

Why?

Let's turn this around. Airlines like familiarity where possible; sharing of parts and consumables across models and also crews being easily moved between aircraft families and sub-families like the NG and MAX. It saves them money and time.

Now look at the sales of the A320NEO and 737MAX together. Both are broadly similar retreads of existing models and the industry has voted with its checkbooks in huge numbers. They like the familiarity and then some.

All the 737MAX needs is some additional love and it'll be rolling out of the plant again. Not the executioner's axe.
 
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Re: Should the Boeing 737 Be Permanently Retired?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:21 am

Should we shut down all aviation, because there could be a problem. Since when do humans create perfection in million part machines.
 
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Re: Should the Boeing 737 Be Permanently Retired?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:51 am

quintol wrote:
The addition of heavier engines to adjust the short-haul airliner into a medium-haul one may have instead created an overly-stressed short-haul airliner that has been pushed beyond its limits to adapt to a longer range. ?


Do you think the airframe was developed from the classics to the NG and now the MAX without taking consideration of this issue? That is why there are different fuselage stress tests before the AC is cleared to fly :-)
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Re: Should the Boeing 737 Be Permanently Retired?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:06 am

No. Move along nothing to see here!
 
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Re: Should the Boeing 737 Be Permanently Retired?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:14 am

This topic has been discussed in several threads. While I agree it would take some time to browse through all those threads, I do not see any recent change which justifies a separate thread at this point of time. Hence thread will be locked.

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