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Quoting AJRfromSYR (Reply 38):
What if Boeing decides to refit the 900 with the same doors and bulkheads without the extra range?
The bulkhead is what allows them to up the MTOW and add fuel for more range.
How does the flat bulkhead increase the MTOW?
I would think that the new flat bulkhead is what's allowing the additional seats, and thus the need for the door. I also would think it impractical to rework the aft pressure bulkhead on an existing aircraft, and would expect to see them just on new builds all across the NG family, just like we did with the eyebrow windows being removed.
As far as the additional range, my guess is that they'll be using a little of that extra fuselage length for an aux tank in one/both of the cargo areas, rather than rework the center fuel tank...
Time will tell if we actually see them at Southwest...