Boeing exploring small airplane market

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Date:         02 Jun 94 00:09:38 
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	 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.

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