Boeing Eyes 757 Replacement

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Boeing is mulling a new airplane to replace the highly successful 757, which went out of production 10 years ago but soldiers on for airlines all over the world. At the Paris Air Show on Monday, Boeing sales chief John Wojick told the Seattle Times that the market is there for a “medium-sized” airliner to bridge the gap between the 737 MAX and the 787. “A year ago, we weren’t convinced the market was large enough to be of that much interest,” Wojick said. “What we’ve determined over the past year is that it’s larger than we thought.” The plane would hold 220 to 280 passengers, with a range of 4,500 to 5,000 miles.

“That’s larger than a 757 and flies farther than a 757,” Wojick told the Times. “It’s a domestic and a regional airplane. It would be very efficient operating domestically in the U.S. or China, and regionally as well in Southeast Asia and Europe. It could fly from the East Coast of the U.S. to many destinations in Europe.” The plane is a long way from being approved by Boeing and work might not start for four years but the discussion is significant. Airbus is dismissive of the idea. CEO John Leahy told the Times it’s a too-late reaction to his company’s A321LR.

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