Boeing Moves Ahead with “797” Aircraft at Paris Air Show

By Paul Riegler on 20 June 2017
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DSC_0420Boeing announced plans at the Paris Air Show Tuesday for a new “middle-market airplane.” Unnamed as of yet, it is assumed it will be called the 797.

The new twin-aisle jet is currently one of the most anticipated airplanes in commercial aviation and will be the company’s first since the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which went into service six years ago. It would seat, depending on the configuration selected by the airline, between 220 and 270 passengers for flights of up to 5,200 nautical miles (9,640 kilometers).

The aircraft will be designed to operate on routes such as New York-Los Angeles, offering congested airports a form of relief but should be capable of flying medium-range routes connecting U.S. cities to smaller European destinations as well.

The new jet could fly as soon as 2025 and Boeing believes the market for the plane will be over 4,000 aircraft in its first 20 years.

The Chicago-based company began its current three-digit nomenclature 60 years ago with the Boeing 707, and currently has the 737, 747, and 777 models in its lineup.

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