Boeing said to remain committed to its target entry of new mid-market aircraft(NMA) by 2025/26, despite engine issues that engine manufactures are facing.
The design of the new aircraft with the seating capacity of 220 to 270 passengers expected to be powered by Pratt and Whiney, Rolls Royce and/or GE engines to produce a range of 5,000nm.
Recently turbine and fan blade issues on some Trent 1000s engines powering 787s, and durability issues with some Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines powering A320neo have drained the resources of engine manufactures heavily, and may delay the Boeing’s NMA entry to service.
However, Boeing vice-president of marketing Randy Tinseth is confident that both engine manufacturers will be able to work through issues and the NMA will enter service as scheduled.
According to Boeing, the New Mid-Market Aircraft NMA will be “between today’s widebodies and today’s single aisles. It won’t look like either of them”.