The Airplane That Isn’t

Nov 9, 2019

Boeing bet the future on a 50 year-old design. Did it lose? And while the 737 is a lot of things, a 757 it’s not.

By Patrick Smith, up now in the Points Guy.

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  1. Michael G Kennedy says:

    Boeing traded a lifetime reputation for safe reliable airplanes for quick short-term profits. The whole board of directors should be marched straight into prison for the deaths of the 737 passengers and crews. Instead, they’ll be bailing out with their golden parachutes leaving what’s left of the non-union rank and file to pick up the pieces. I used to say “if it ain’t a Boeing, I ain’t going.” Now it’s “I’ll wait for the Airbus or the Embraer.” Disgusting.

  2. James Wattengel says:

    The Airplane company that isn’t

    When Boeing moved it’s headquarters to Chicago in 2001 it ceased to be an airplane / aerospace company ….

    One more screw-up after the on going 737 fiasco and Boeing will be history. Your article doesn’t give me much confidence that they have a clue or if they do they may not have enough time.

    On the aerospace side they are playing catch-up with other more creative and aggressive companies.

    MBA’s, bankers and bean counters may be necessary but they are not the essence of any company.

  3. Bruce says:

    That was a great article. Thank you.

    I agree completely with your recent observations on a 737. I went in a few recently – also for the first time in a while. My short-haul flights tend to be on A320-family planes. And, like you, I was quite taken aback. While the dimensions are supposed to be similar, the 737 feels a lot smaller. The windows are too low, and the wall begins to curve inwards really quite low down. As a person of fatness, I found it cramped in a way that the A320 – and even the MD-80/90/717 – just isn’t.

    I’ve got another question. You talk about the need for a 767/A300 type of aircraft – a pseudo-widebody with twin aisles that’s a fair bit smaller than an A330/787-8 And neither Boeing nor Airbus seem to be going down that road.

    But CRAIC is, with the CR929. It’s still a little bit big – I think it starts at 250 seats according to Wikipedia. But people I’ve spoken to at COMAC say they see it as a replacement for the 767 rather than as a rival to the A330/787.

    Do you know much about the CR929? Do you think this demonstrates that there is indeed a market for such a plane? And might that market be restricted to China and Russia, or could this be a global thing? You mention the Shannon transatlantic routes, and obviously a plane called the CRAIC is going to struggle to be taken seriously at Irish airports. But is that (and no doubt American trade restrictions) going to be all that holds it back?

  4. chandelle says:

    Wonderfully written as ever, mate. The 757 has long been a favorite of mine for its looks; it has a certain something about it that other aircraft lack, the majesty of the 747 excepted.

    While I agree about the noise inside a 737, this is something that’s very closely linked to where you sit. Two to three rows fore of the engines makes for the most silent, I’ve found. The 787 and A380 would be the joint winners when it comes to the least noisy interiors. That said, I’ve not yet been on the A35x.