While the aviation world is waiting to see what the Boeing 737RE will be, information that has emerged publically from Boeing and information we’ve obtained gives, we think, a reasonable picture of what the airplane will look like.
Boeing appears to be nearing a final decision on the fan size of the re-engined 737, settling on a powerplant that will not require any modification to the aircraft's landing gear, confirm company and industry sources.
American said that it planned to acquire 260 of the Airbus A320 aircraft and 200 Boeing 737s — half of which will be equipped with a new, more fuel-efficient engine. The move is a clear commitment by Boeing to revamp its best-selling 737 with new engines.
Airbus SAS may announce its first order for the A320neo this month from an airline that operates Boeing Co . 737s, signaling the European company is making inroads into rival territory with its upgraded single-aisle jet.
Boeing Co. is counting on the 737 MAX, the new version of the world’s most widely flown jetliner, to help capture half of a $2 trillion market in the next 20 years and fend off a challenge from Airbus SAS. [...] Deliveries of the 737 MAX should begin in 2017, two years after Airbus’s upgraded A320neo.
Airbus is savoring a victory that tastes even sweeter to the European company than a $23 billion deal to sell 260 aircraft to American Airlines : it has just forced Boeing to climb down over product strategy.