Houston Community News >> Will it be 2015 for the Boeing 797

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group Scott Carson said today the successor to Boeing's ever-popular 737 won't likely take to the skies before 2015.

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Carson, speaking to reporters at the Paris Air Show, said he wants engine technology to advance further before committing Boeing to designing an all-new single-aisle aircraft. Boeing has sold more than 6,000 737s, making it most popular jet airliner in history.

Using presently available technology, he said, Boeing could build a single-aisle plane that would be about 15 percent more efficient that the 737, but he wants an game-changing plane to be at least 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 737.

Aircraft engine makers are testing several advanced engines for single-aisle planes including geared turbines, unducted fans and advanced conventional engines.

(Contributed by thenewstribune.com)