Boeing: Multiple options still open for narrowbody programme
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney confirmed it is still considering options to redevelop its B737NG with new engines or develop an entirely new aircraft (AINonline, 02-May-2011). Boeing will have “a sharper view” on its ultimate approach to its narrowbody re-engining/replacement programme towards the end of 2011. Boeing's bias is towards developing an all-new narrowbody, with a projected service entry of 2019/20.
Boeing: “This is the year where we’ve got to harden up our plans to give our customers and our suppliers the direction they need, and this is all during 2011 … I think the logic goes that if you’re offering a new plane just a few years after your competitor is offering a re-engined plane, and you’re already continually improving what you’ve got, that step does not need to be taken. But all options remain on the table,” Jim McNerney, CEO. Source: AINonline, 02-May-2011.