PIC: Boeing reveals ideas for future aircraft configurations

I’ve been in blogging withdrawal all week, as I went about the necessary business of covering the ISTAT conference in Phoenix, which was, without a doubt, one of the best conferences I’ve had the pleasure of attending in a very long while.

We’ll have lots more to discuss from Phoenix in the coming days (such as the massive funding gap that could result in order delays and cancellations, which in turn would result in fewer new IFE-equipped birds), but here is a dandy of a pic of a Boeing slide from the show. It’s Boeing’s ideas for future aircraft configurations.

Now, before we get too excited, these are just “cartoons” of possibilities, not drawing-board stuff, said Boeing commercial airplanes director of marketing Drew Magill at the conference. That fast one is just my cup of tea, however.

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15 Responses to PIC: Boeing reveals ideas for future aircraft configurations

  1. LeeZ March 19, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    Interesting–most of these seem to be the ones they revealed a few years ago with names like “honeydew” (muppets fan anyone?) but some of them do seem new. Neat.

  2. AirStare March 19, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Strange there’s no mention of the BWB, seeing as how Boeing is already flight-testing it with NASA (the X-48) and the Phantom Works developed the concept years ago as a fuel-efficient future airliner and cargo lifter design.

  3. Chris March 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    Can we get the 787′s first please

  4. Ted March 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    Yeah, the 787′s first. What’s the latest date for first delivery? Are they ever gonna get off the assembly line?

  5. Ted March 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    Yeah, when is the first 787 coming off the delivery line?

  6. Mary Kirby March 19, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    Here is what Magill said:

    Boeing remains focused on beginning flight testing of its 787 in June.

    Boeing currently holds 878 orders for the twinjet with 56 customers.

    Boeing continues to target first delivery for early first quarter next year.

    Folks at the conference seemed to feel pretty confident the aircraft will make first flight in June, but were less sure about the latest delivery timetable.

  7. DocFunk March 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    What I think is interesting is that with the exception of the “faster” design, wing sweep looks way down. Looks like they believe the future is mostly in slower travel, and weight savings on a simplified wing.
    Ground servicing on the “faster” concept looks like it would be a challenge, especially for jetways and food carts.
    Not too surprised we don’t see a BWB. Minimum BWB size is 767/787 class, and Boeing wouldn’t want to push anything in the 777/787/747-8 classes yet. All of those concepts look like 737/797 size class.

  8. Bud March 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    The low fuel use plane is just dumb. The unducted fan is going to throw off a lot of water and ice and cause a lot of noise and hull damage. And if a fan blade comes off it could tear a pretty good hole in the tail. That one will never happen…I hope.

  9. Bob Jahn March 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    I’m also not an open rotor fan… ha ha. I know Mary is into the speed version, but then it’s going back to the Concorde style that really cuts the number of passengers it can carry, costs are really high and restictions of flight over populated areas, blah blah blah.

    I’m more into the lowest operating cost or lowest fuel consumption. This should help keep the ticket prices lower so that the industry doesn’t go back to the 50′s and 60′s when only the elite could afford to fly. In an economy like we are in now, sadly for Mary, I can see less and less IFE equipped aircraft coming off the assembly lines. Long haulers, yes, short haulers not so much.

    I have my fingers and toes crossed that the 787 flies on schedule. Darn it, it needs to fly.

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