Boeing executive sees smooth transition to new jets, no output cut

DOHA Sun Jun 1, 2014 6:44am EDT

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago, April 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Young

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago, April 24, 2013.

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DOHA (Reuters) - Boeing (BA.N) said on Sunday it was confident of filling the bridge between current and future models of its two most profitable jets, the long-haul 777 and short-range 737, and dismissed plans by rival Airbus to overhaul its own A330 model.

Sales chief John Wojick told Reuters he was confident of selling enough of the current 777-300ER, which is sold out until 2017, to fill the gap until a new revamped 777X version enters service in 2020, without having to cut production.

"We are looking at solid demand for the airplane and we think can fill the bridge, and that is my job," Wojick, who is senior vice president of global sales & marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in an interview on the sidelines of an annual meeting of the IATA airlines association in Doha.

Boeing is upgrading both the 777 and the 737 to provide fuel savings, but this creates the challenge of keeping up production of existing models while some airlines wait for the new ones.

Wojick said Boeing had also sold enough of the existing 737NG models to ensure a smooth transition to the new 737 MAX.

"We are sold out on the 737NG," he said in an interview.

Boeing plans to increase production of the 737 to 47 a month from 42 by 2017 and could keep increasing later in the decade.

"We are pretty confident that with the demand that we are seeing for the 737 MAX, at some point out towards the end of the decade we have got the possibility for even more airplane demand out there," Wojick said, adding he did not see evidence of the plane order 'bubble' being predicted by some analysts.

European rival Airbus (AIR.PA) is meanwhile discussing whether to put new engines on its 20-year-old A330 model to better compete with the all-new Boeing 787, aiming to offer lower capital costs.

"The 787-10 burns 30 percent less fuel per seat than the A330-300. That is going to obsolete the A330," Wojick said.

"There isn't a price at which people will buy the A330 once (you have) 30 percent fuel savings. It is a huge benefit to an operator."

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Praveen Menon)

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tomas85225 wrote:
Wow Boeing is also placing new engines on its 51 years old design 747, 24 years old 777 design and its 48 design years old 737, Boeing will not build the 757MAX

Boeing is currently upgrading both its 777 and 737 models to the new 777X and 737 MAX to provide increased fuel savings for airlines. Which are still on the drawing board?
Is a today story an Advertisement for Boeing showing that Boeing is 9 years behind on the devolvement of new updated for the 777-X, 737MAX and 787-10 or new aircraft development the Y1, Y2 and Y3 Yellowstone project see

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Today Boeing has no management that known anything about Aircrafts! The last person was Chief Engineer Philip Condit, In 1986, he was named as executive vice president and general manager of BCAC, then executive VP and general manager of the 777 program division.
Phil Conduct was the only hand-On Chief Engineer that attending the design team meet and later became CEO,
Today CEO is from 3M and GE alone with several Boeing board member (CEO Harry Stonecipher was from GE) who been slacking Boeing top Engineer who is an Corporate Raider that been selling off Boeing Capability and Slowing the Pace on 777-X…/2018972134_boeing777x23.h.

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