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In Pictures: First Boeing 737-9 Noses Toward Rollout

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on Feb 15, 2017

the plane that virtually nobody wants....... will be a short lived existence.

on Feb 15, 2017

I like 'virtual nobodies'.

on Feb 16, 2017

After so much blood sweat an tears with the 787 it's beyond me why management wouldn't immediately follow up by giving their teams the green light for a fresh design replacement of the 737. All that knowledge was squandered. All they had to do was say " OK now that you've done the 787, let's build a smaller and cheaper version". Perhaps they know that their bureaucratic structure could never function in an efficient scalar fashion. One can only imagine how their eyes would glaze over at the thought of the unnecessarily high development costs. Instead they continue to milk an old design and are another decade behind the eight ball. Weak executive management.

on Feb 16, 2017

First, the 787 costs way too much to build and in a the serious competition of single-aisle commercial airplanes, that additional cost would be a killer. Second, a composite fuselage on a narrow-body airplane does not save much weight over an aluminum equivalent, and I am pretty sure the composite wing does not save much weight either, although the tailorability of a composite wing is a winner.

on Feb 19, 2017

The short answer is that the airlines that were potential customers for a 787-tech 737 replacement made it very clear they weren't interested in teething such plane.

on Feb 19, 2017

As Boeing had no plan, Airbus did and started to kill them in sales, so they did what they had to do, panicked.

The 787 is not really an answer, its hard to build it at the size of a single aisle.

They could have taken the wing tech and done a modern Al-Li cabin per the C series and had a real stellar aircraft on their hands.

They also need to do a GTF.

They failed to even offer a GTF on this version.

on Feb 19, 2017

A lot of orders, its what its cost Boeing to get them.

IT cost a lot more to build than an A320, its not as modern, you have to cut your price to get or keep market.

on Feb 20, 2017

"the plane that virtually nobody wants....... will be a short lived existence"

The nine has at least 418 orders (3449 for the MAX series).

Yeah "virtually nobody" wants them.... smh.

on Feb 15, 2017

Will be interesting to see how many customers upgague to the -10...

on Feb 15, 2017

The plane will do well with current Boeing customers

on Feb 15, 2017

Will they be the first airline to fly one? also the first to wreck one?

on Feb 15, 2017

The whole 737 family has been over done for so many years.
Need a new design. Take your time, but make a good one.

on Feb 15, 2017

"The whole 737 family has been over done for so many years.
Need a new design. Take your time, but make a good one."

SouthWest called, they said no!

on Feb 15, 2017

How 'bout Navy C-40's...?
UPS & FedEx?

on Feb 15, 2017

While the airframe and idea is fantastic ... the implementation in coach is just down right too painful. If they had a 3-2 seating like the Mad dogs or the new CS series with wider seats that would be awesome ... but they don't ....

My running joke is the larger the number on the 737 the more pain one feels in ones butt, back, and thighs/hips. If the FAA mandated seat width (minimum's) based on current human size, this plane would no longer be in fashion since it wouldn't be able to maintain the density it needs ...

on Feb 15, 2017

Is this airplane narrower than the older models? The 737 is nearly 50 years old. It should be wider. I'm a lot wider than I was 50 years ago.

on Feb 15, 2017

One has to wonder how far Boeing thinks they can tweak the 737? They would have been far better off to have not destroyed the 757 tooling so they could have brought forth an advanced technology variant of it. Instead they are trying to morph the 737 into something 757 like. Shame there would be huge demand for a 757Max

on Feb 16, 2017

757 was smaller plane

on Feb 19, 2017

Zale: Really?

on Feb 19, 2017

I think this is about the limit.

aka, Somehow Henry Ford had the Model T racing in the Indy 500!

Kind of a shock and amazing.

It will do fine but it should have been replaced two generations ago.

on Feb 15, 2017

The new nose and cockpit windows are truly a spectacular breakthrough. They were worth the wait. Boeing should be proud of its design team.

on Feb 19, 2017

Really? Get all buzzed up about cockpit windows? Wow, the tech has made a huge leap there.

How about a gear you can put a today sized engine under the wing with?

Boeing should be damned glad their engineers pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

Boeing itself should be ashamed that a design for tube engines back in the 60s has not been replaced.

on Feb 15, 2017

Just like everybody else pointed out, if that sardine can can slip through the air with minimal fuel burn, the airlines don't care how old it is...they'll keep buying.

on Feb 15, 2017

The 737 needs to end.
Build a new modern plane with a wider fuselage for real humans in 2017. This is a 60 year old design.

on Feb 16, 2017

They already did its called a 787

on Feb 15, 2017

That would be an A320

on Feb 19, 2017

Or worse, the A321 that is moving up to 50% of Airbus production and is kicking the 737 around like a deflated football.

And I love the 737, but for gods sake, enough is enough.

on Feb 16, 2017

You all appear to believe that Boeing is wrong to continue development of this very old design , the latest to give it a small stretch Tweak the undercarriage to get over 200 seats into what originally was a 70 / 80 seat Aircraft 737 200 . with Turbo Jets engines under the Wing way back in 1965 ? I do believe that if Boeing keep putting off building a New Model the same thing will happen as did Mc Donnal Douglas with the DC 9 / MD 80 / 90 , they will give the Medium size Airliner Market to Airbus and other Manufacturers.

on Feb 16, 2017

Boeing should be fine with 737MAX till the new GEN engines come out in late 2020s. In fact 737-8/9 outsell A319/20. The problem is matching A321. Perhaps -10 will provide an answer.

on Feb 19, 2017

The -10 is not going to have range. It won't have the same numbers in like to like seating plans.

The 737MAX is NOT outselling the A320/19. At best its a match. They have a lighter airframe. You want to know why cabin roof blow out on 737s and not A320?

The A321 is beating Boeing all hollow.

It took far more money to upgrade to the MAX jets, so Boeing is getting FAR LESS per aircraft than Airbus with their simple NEO.

Airbus is taking more Boeing buyers away than Boeing is taking Airbus buyers (which means that Boeing has to undercut themselves even more to get those let alone retaining what they have)

Its called a Death Spiral.

on Feb 20, 2017

How much more does it cost Boeing to upgrade to MAX jets? What is the difference that they are selling for?

on Feb 19, 2017

Lets see, we already have the new GEN engines. They are called GTF and are build by P&W.

Secondly you can hang an engine on any airframe if the gear is high enough to let you do so.

It far past time Boeing quits buying billions worth of stock back each and put that money into product development. .

One has no future the other is the future.

Stock buy back is the same as eating your seed corn.

Keep it up and you starve. Once they kill it the stock has no value. The balance is you have to keep building products and new ones as needed and this is more than beyond needed.

It reminds me of the Soviets that can't build a modern pax jet.

They are getting their butts kicked by the A321 in both sales and as Boeing has NO match (not even close) Airbus gets far more profit on an A321. The NEO only makes it worse.

Wake up and smell the Kerosene Boeing!

on Feb 20, 2017

How much more profit does Airbus get on the 321?

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