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Monday, June 2, 2008

Music to BBD’s, EMB’s Ears

Boeing is scrapping plans to develop a single-aisle replacement for it 737, the company announced at the Berlin Air Show, where Aviation Today Publisher John Persinos is keeping watch and producing a daily blog www.aviationtoday.com/av/blog/?cat=4. Reaction at Bombardier, which is producing the C-Series as a single-aisle, 110- to 149-seat replacement is undoubtedly celebratory since pundits have been skeptical of the success of the proposed aircraft set to be launched or scrapped, later this year. It also boosts Embraer’s arguments for right sizing fleets as Finnair has done especially with the lethal combination of aged aircraft liberally peppering the network fleet and rising fuel costs. Related Story www.aviationtoday.com/ran/categories/commercial/21242.html With
Boing is jettisoning efforts to develop a successor to the B737, citing insufficient in-house technology that can deliver the outsized boost in performance that operators seek for a next-generation single-aisle aircraft. Insiders say that Boeing’s surprise decision to abandon the Replacement Study — dubbed 737RS — will probably affect how its competitor Airbus proceeds on its ASOX replacement for the A320. Boeing officials said that the new imperative will be in fundamental research in aerodynamics, composites and advanced hybrid alloys.
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