Has Boeing been left behind in the race for NMA planes? And the Boeing 787-3?


For Boeing, a “GAP” continues to cover the demand for s that have left the famous 757 and 767, “battle horses” that for a decade have stopped being built and that despite this, companies continue to require this segment called New Mid-size (NMA).

Meanwhile, and on the other side of the world, the European manufacturer prepared the A321XLR, a clear response to the needs of a market that requires a single-aisle aircraft but with transcontinental capabilities and that has to say the plane, has been a good selling success.

Boeing had an idea to present since 2000, the Boeing 787-3, a variant that never existed and today we only know two versions of the “Dreamliners”. Those interested at the time were the Japanese All Nippon Airways and Japan s, which could financially support the new project, but it did not happen.

Meanwhile Boeing has stumbled on the NMA programs, and focused on offering what we know today as the , which while trying to become a successful aircraft for the market, until today has only generated a crisis inside the factory that has not allowed it to look towards other directions.

The MAX effect has caused Boeing to neglect a very important segment and program that would help it cope with the competition and offer different units, covering a broad spectrum of needs for many operators. Only and United have about 330 Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, and they have begun to be retired. In a few years, the only option for s will be the A321XLR.

Meanwhile, an analysis of the situation published by Flight Global , argues that Addison Schonland, founder and partner of AirInsight Research recently launched his proposal in the framework of the Pacific Northwest Alliance meeting in Lynnwood, held in Washington.

Boeing has a very good track record in understanding how the 787 works: where are its strengths, how can they modify it. What would happen if Boeing dusted that thing we call 787-3?

Addison Schonland, founder and partner of AirInsight Research

The founder of AirInsight Research suggests that this development could sit very well with Boeing and offer a stronger product range, without being left behind in the NMA aircraft segment.

Meanwhile, the American manufacturer hopes to end the nightmare of 737 MAX, in order to release tension and focus on a single battle; build planes with 290 to 330 passengers and that can fly up to 3,000 nautical miles.

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