Despite the stories coming out of the Paris Air Show about the Boeing MoM or Middle of Market airliner, the situation concerning a slightly larger and longer flying replacement for its 757 line is one of total uncertainty.
It has been that way for the most of the 10 plus years since the last 757 came off the production line in Seattle in October 2004.
As this Reuters interview makes clear, Boeing doesn’t know whether it will be a wide-body, or an even longer narrow body than the original, which seemed so long if you were disembarking from only one door that you could see the curvature of the earth within an airliner even while it was standing still.
But, it should be recognised that everything Boeing has said about the prospects for such a design makes really good sense. It is just that really good sense can be built into a medium sized (think 767 wide) twin aisle jet, as well as a single aisle number.
And the longer it takes to make a decision, for what Boeing sees as a ten year project, the more opportunity that Airbus has to eat its 757 sized lunch with its proposed LR version of the single aisle A321 NEO jet.
And there is no reason why having so dined, Airbus couldn’t then do its own all new MoM, and probably make sure that whatever it did also took in the scope of the A320 NEO as well as going a few frames further than the Boeing Mum, er, MoM, just because it is cussed.
A Mummy fight between Airbus and Boeing could be ugly, or entertaining, depending on just how jaded your viewing tastes have become by the 2020s.
As this story notes in relation to the stranding of United passengers in Goose Bay, sub arctic Canada recently, even 757s can’t always do trans Atlantic routes as expected at times. Boeing is being smart in looking at improved range for a sort of super Mum, oops, MoM, replacement for the 757.
Which really makes you wonder about airlines that keep insisting they can operate your ho-hum 737s and A320s across the North Atlantic, and at budget fares, in cabin layouts where getting to that you-beaut reduced size toilet up the back becomes something to ponder during the onset of renal failure during the longest seven hours you will ever spend in a jet.
If my big mutha, er mother, was still alive, she would grab Airbus and Boeing by their ear lobes and deliver a very terse lecture about the need to build new comfortable flying machines, just like the Dreamliners were supposed to be.