From: email@example.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) Organization: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Date: 08 Sep 94 11:33:26 References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Robert Ashcroft <rna@leland.Stanford.EDU> wrote: >>[announcement of 737-800 seating 187 passengers] >187 passengers? What? > >Sounds a little on the high side to me. Anyone got additional info? >I'd expect about 20 passengers fewer. Actually, the standard inclusive tour arrangement is for 184, though I have seen as high as 189 (you can pretty much get whatever you are willing to pay for, you know). >Otherwise you may as well call it a 757 and be done with it. Oh no. A 757 is a significantly larger airplane. Heck, it carries 201 in a standard dual class configuration (overwing exits, 194 if four door model) and 231 in the standard inclusive tour arrangement (nominal 30" seat pitch). >How long >before the ETOPS transAtlantic 737 rolls out? Actually, the 737 is already rated for 120 minute ETOPS. The US Air Force flys 737-200s from the mainland to Hawaii for navigator training. >And then the ultra-long >range 737 for those NYC-Tokyo non-stops, Can't do that yet. Not enough gross weight capability. >the 737 AWACS I've actually seen the model for a version of 737 maritime surveillance, and we have actually sold some. Seems like we did an upgrade to their onboard electronics here recently. >and the 737 >Presidential Command center We have sold at least one 737 VIP for a head of state. I can't recall which one offhand. >leading finally to the 737 Space Shuttle >replacement, 737 air superiority fighter, and the 737 Stealth bomber. I've seen a model of an "armed" version, but I think it was only a torpedo. No space shuttle replacement plans that I'm aware of, nor any bomber versions. >RNA > >One plane to rule them all... Lovely thought, that. :-) The 737 has proven to be a remarkably versatile platform. Interestingly enough, when it was first announced, we Boeing, felt that the market might be as large as 700 airplanes. :-) Also interesting is that in a company that was filled with strong egos, no one has ever really taken credit for the 737 design. It has always been the step-child of the product line, for reasons that I'll never really understand. Terry -- Terry email@example.com "Anyone who thinks they can hold the company responsible for what I say has more lawyers than sense."