The Seattle Times says Boeing does not have enough cash or the right talent to develop a brand new design.
I think the words "Brand New Design" is the key.
They may not have the talent or the cash to develop a new moonshot program right now at the bleeding edge.
What may be achievable however is downsizing existing 787/777x tech/aero/wing design in an P757.
You are not creating anything new - just reusing what you know. This does not require genius.
Build as much of it in Everett as you can using the new Composites plant to save on Transport costs.
Use the Everett 787 line to build it on with a refinement of the 787 production process and gain learning for the MAX replacement later on. Production cost could be lower than an A322 at least labour costs.
Use 777x/787 systems/cockpit tech, wing design and 777X folding tips to get it into 737/A320 gates. Airbus may be hard pressed to build an Composite Folding Wing A322 competitor putting it at a big disadvantage or at least not as fast as a straight winged version. A folding wing A322 could EIS the same time as a clean sheet from Boeing (using existing tech).
Scaled up LEAP engines - A322/A323 lengths 5,500 NM/5,000NM 110Tish MTOW.
It would still take 6-8 years to hit the market - not a big cash outlay now as the engineers really aren't doing much after 777x, 737-10 are done and really no investment in facilities are needed. Investments needed more in 2024-2026.
It does not need to be super high volume as it can be the basis of a smaller non folding winged version launched in the later half of the 2020's to replace MAX 7,8, 10. The program can be considered as one and you can amortize the development costs over the whole program. Program cost accounting comes to the rescue.
To be built in Renton in the early 2030's when a new SA engine should be available.
Production cost/sales price could be the key in future. Not bleeding edge performance. This hurt the 787 initially until they got cost of it with materials substitution and is hurting the A350 right now - it's a real hot rod but very expensive to produce.
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