Fuel prices won't prompt jetmakers to speed new plane development

03/19/2008 | Air Transport World

Jetmakers Airbus and Boeing said they will not accelerate the launch of the successors to their A320 and 737 jetliners because of the surging cost of jet fuel. The replacement aircraft are expected to enter service around 2017. Boeing 787 Product Marketing Director James Haas noted that current technology cannot supply "double-digit" improvements in efficiency that airlines say they want.

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