The new jet would be between the 737 MAX and the 787 (photo above)
Boeing assesses market interest in a new commercial aircraft. According to a Thursday (22) article in the Wall Street Journal, the manufacturer recently had discussions with a few key customers, including aircraft leasing companies and suppliers, about the potential interest in a single-aisle aircraft with upgraded engines, and that could carry between 200 and 250 passengers .
Such characteristics would lead the manufacturer to develop an intermediate tier for the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner families, the latter already having a double aisle.
However, the newspaper says talks about possible new aircraft are still at a very early stage and market adoption is a key factor for the manufacturer in deciding whether to move forward or not. Once decided, the development process would take years for the jet to scale. An example of this time is the Boeing 787, whose project started in 2004 and the first aircraft was delivered in 2011.
With the project, Boeing would likely fill a space between the 737 MAX and the 787 Dreamliner, which is now dominated by Airbus. The American manufacturer has been talking about it for several years without a decision being made. In the more recent past this project has been called NMA (New Midsize Airplane), a two-aisle jet, but smaller in size. This project did not progress and was discontinued.