Boeing announced in an early discussion about working on a new commercial aircraft. The United States-based manufacturer has spoken with the likes of plane leasing firms and suppliers about the prospects. This plane is not the previously anticipated NMA (New Midsize Jet).
This new aircraft will be a single-aisle (Narrow) aircraft with upgraded engines. In addition, it could carry up to 200 and 250 passengers, according to those familiar with the project. Altogether, this capacity places the plane between the largest 737 MAX narrowbody and the 787 widebody.
Any new aircraft can take years and come into realization. This project would also need significant help from stakeholders. However, if the project succeeded, it would be the first new Boeing jet launched since 2004 with the popular Dreamliner.
Boeing CEO David Calhoun shares with journalists that the project would no longer continue in its present form.
He commentedThat his firm would start fresh with a new piece of paper. So, this week’s reports follow up on this move.
This project came out at the same time when there is significant progress concerning the reintroduction of the 737 MAX. The aircraft has been grounded for over a year and a half due to the two fateful accidents.
The new project of the aircraft could challenge competitors (Airbus for example). It could a significant a fresh start for Boeing, In addition, a challenging time amid the grounded 737 MAX.