Two years after Boeing launched studies for a new middle-of-the-market (MOM) aircraft, the first clear picture is beginning to emerge to show where the company’s evaluations are going and what kind of family may be developed.
After boiling down input from 36 airlines and operators, Boeing’s market consensus is that there is a need for a 200-270-seat aircraft with a range of up to 5,000 nm.
The aircraft will have a sixth-generation composite wing, more electrical systems and advanced, high-bypass-ratio engines. It also may feature an unusual elliptical fuselage cross section, optimized to provide twin-aisle capacity with single-aisle economics.
According to AviationWeek, Boeing is increasingly convinced that an unaddressed, and sizable, market for a new midsize airplane (NMA) exists between today’s single-aisle Airbus A320 and Boeing 737category and the medium-capacity twin-aisle Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 and A350.
The broader potential market, including the upper end of the 737 replacement and lower sections of the smaller widebody capacities, could be as large as 5,000 aircraft, of which 2,000-3,000 form the true NMA sweet spot, or the heart of the MOM sector.
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