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Boeing leaning toward building new 737

A model of the current Boeing 737 in Boeing's booth at a 2008 exhibition in Singapore. (AP Photo/Maye-E Wong, file)

Boeing Co. is still leaning toward building an all-new version of its hot-selling narrowbody 737, and the new plane would outperform Airbus’ competing A320neo, Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney said Thursday.

“We’re going to do a new airplane that will go beyond the capability of what the NEO can do,” McNerney said on a webcast of an event hosted by Cowen and Co.

He reiterated that the U.S. planemaker is still making its decision on whether to rebuild its 737 or simply put new fuel-efficient engines in the existing model. A redesigned plane would produce better fuel savings, but would take longer to bring to market. Get the full story »

Sources: Airbus, Boeing mull further output hikes

Airbus and Boeing have begun sounding out suppliers on their ability to cope with further production increases of their most popular jets, taking combined output well above 80 a month within four to five years.

Three senior industry sources told Reuters consultations had started on a historic upswing which could see Airbus producing as many as 44 A320 single-aisle planes by 2014 or 2015 and its rival simultaneously rising to as many as 42 737s a month. Get the full story »

Southwest looks at adding larger 737s to fleet

Southwest Airlines Co. is considering including Boeing Co.’s 737-800 aircraft in its domestic fleet, with a decision expected before year’s end, as the discount carrier plans a push to win more business travelers and restore capacity slashed during the economic downturn.

The largest carrier of domestic U.S. passengers said the company still needs to discuss the plans with its labor units, as well as look at issues such as network flow and scheduling. Get the full story »