737 engine change weighs heavily on Boeing
Published on Jun 8, 2010
Boeing has said that replacing the engines on its existing narrow-body planes with more fuel-efficient versions may not be economically viable. The new engines have been found to increase the weight of the planes, and consequently airlines would then have to pay more airports fees. In addition, Bloomberg has reported that the engine of Boeing’s 737 model sits closer to the ground than that of Airbus’s A320, and the planemaker would have to make major alterations to the plane’s design to accommodate a bigger engine.
Boeing and Airbus are under pressure from airlines to fit more fuel efficient engines onto their popular narrow body models. Bombardier's new CSeries, which will enter the market in 2013, has intensified that pressure, by providing carriers with a viable alternative.
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