Boeing has ruled out developing a significantly larger 200 seat 757-sized aircraft to replace today's Next Generation 737s, and will instead focus its product development studies around an aircraft "modestly bigger" than today's 145 to 180-seat 737-700 and -800.
"We've got fleet of 200 airplanes out there at some point we're going to have to do something with and we can't wait until 2020," says Southwest Airlines vice president operations coordination center, Jeff Martin in regard to the carrier's aging block of 737-300s and -500s.
Boeing is looking at a radical revamp of its venerable 737 aircraft, the world’s most widely-flown commercial jet, including a plan for an all-new aircraft with a main body made of the plastic composites used in its ground-breaking 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing's 787 updated production schedule - also known as Z23 - is now out and being shared with customers, who in turn, are providing delivery guidance publicly on the arrival of their first Dreamliners, if they choose to do so.
Boeing will "retain the ability" to re-engine the current model of its hot-selling 737 narrowbody jet should the company be unable to produce a completely redesigned version, Chief Executive Jim McNerney said.
The world’s first composite-plastic airliner probably will be delivered to its first customer, Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co., by September as promised, according to 10 of 11 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Boeing is advancing toward full-activation of what it sees as a second 787 factory at its Everett, Washington facility, one designed to incorporate the aircraft's final certified configuration into dozens of Dreamliners already built.