Boeing 767 Production In Question

Boeing 767 Production In Question. It is unlikely that Boeing will resume production of the passenger version of the 767-300ER, even as the airlines seek to meet the needs of the fleet until the possible New Middle Market Aircraft (NMA) goes on the market in the next decade.

"Retrieving the 767 passenger plane, I just do not see it," says Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, during a press conference at an industry conference in San Diego.

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Boeing 767 Production In Question, pic: Boeing 767-300ER American Airlines

The shipowner continues to build military and cargo versions of the 767, and executives have recently said in November 2017 that the resumption of production of the passenger variant was an option.

Reports last fall suggested that Boeing could resume production of the 767-300ER passenger to act as a bridge until the NMA opens in the period from 2024 to 2025.

It was understood that United Airlines had expressed interest.

Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said last November that the fuselage had "broad customer interest" in the 767 beyond military and cargo uses.

However, the resumption of production would only act as a bridge to the NMA and would not provide the airlines with a plane with the engines and economy of the next generation that they are looking for.

Tinseth says today that potential customers for the NMA, which aims to replace the old 757 and 767 fleets, tell Boeing that they are happy to expect an entry into service as late as 2025.

The NMA has capacity for 220-270 passengers and has a range of around 5,000nm, he says.

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have expressed interest in the NMA, and Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian would have informed pilots in February that the airline would like to launch the new aircraft.

The three US operators operated a combined total of 238 757 and 153 767 with an average age of 20.1 years and 20.4 years.

Boeing faces competition from Airbus for some of the 757 and 767 replacement markets.

The European owner will deliver its first A321LR this year targeting some 757 ocean liners and airlines, including American and United, are considering the A330-800neo replace its 767 fleets.

The A330-800neo is scheduled to enter service in 2019. However, the future of the variant is questionable since the sole client, Hawaiian Airlines, is publicly exploring options to abandon the order, with reports suggesting a possible Boeing 787-9 agreement.