Future of 737 still Boeing around

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Boeing has not decided the future of bestselling airliner 737 and deems re-engining the aircraft as a fruitless option.  Boeing Chief Financial Officer James Bell said Boeing are not keen on fitting new engines in the 737 because they cannot guarantee more than 10 to 15 percent increase in engine performance, AIN Online reported. “Right now it looks like the engines can get 10 – 15 percent more efficient, but it’s not flow through efficiency,” Mr Bell said. Boeing is left indifferent to the prospect of re-engining the aircraft after receiving little interest from potential customers. “When you add the weight associated with the change in the design of the airplane and you add the cost, it looks more like a single digit improvement which we don’t believe is something that our customers are interested in.” Mr Bell said the company is still planning and researching the future of the model “amoung the options of re-engining, introducing an all new airplane or essentially maintaining the status quo by the end of this year”. “On the net airplane, we obviously are looking at what are the technological improvements that we need to have in order to [achieve] flow through improvement of 10 – 15 percent,” Mr Bell said. “At this point we don’t know exactly what that is. We do know part of it would be the engine. The other part would have to be improved aerodynamics of the aircraft itself, and it’s easier to scale up [composite material] than scale it down, but we’re still working at it.” last_img read more