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[The following is reposted with permission from ClariNet. See end of message for details on ClariNet. Karl] SEATTLE (Reuter) - Boeing Co. Tuesday appointed a vice president to explore the development of a possible new commercial jetliner smaller than the company's current smallest model, the twin-engine 737. Boeing named Richard James to head up a study begun by the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer last year in conjunction with the Japanese aviation industry, which has been trying for five years to get a new small plane off the ground. Prior to this James was vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplmne Group. ``(James's) initial assignment will be to explore the market feasibility and structure of a new small airplane programme,'' said Ron Woodard, president of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. In addition to representatives from Japan Aircraft Industry, Woodard said a team of Chinese observers has begun taking part in the study. He said the officials were examining the market potential for a new aircraft, which could include much of the technology being developed for the next-generation 737 family, which will seat from 108 to 185 passengers. ``This appointment underscores the importance Boeing places on the commercial jetliner market smaller than the 737, and our industrial relationship with Japan and China,'' Woodard said. A Boeing spokeswoman said the feasibility study currently is focusing on a potential new model that would seat from 80 to 100 passengers, slightly larger than the original plans for a small Japanese plane which called for a plane that would seat 70-80. The Japanese plane, dubbed the YSX, has been the subject of government-funded studies since 1989 and also has drawn interest from some European manufacturers. At the same time as Boeing is studying a possible new small plane, it is continuing a separate feasibility study with its European rival, Airbus Industrie, on the potential market for a new super-jumbo plane that could seat up to 800 passengers. -- "Copyright 1994 by Reuters. Reposted with permission from the ClariNet Electronic Newspaper newsgroup clari.biz.industry.aviation. For more info on ClariNet, write to email@example.com or phone 1-800-USE-NETS."