OPINION: How feasible is a 757 replacement?

There would have to be a market of at least 2,000 aircraft to prompt one of the big airframers to launch a product to fill the middle-of-the-market gap between their largest narrowbodies and smallest twin-aisles, Flightglobal's Ascend consultancy concludes in a new white paper.

Prompted by a number of customers, Boeing is considering a replacement for its 757 narrowbody, seating 220-240 passengers. However, sceptics doubt whether there is sufficient demand for such a type without Airbus or Boeing cannibalising sales of existing models.

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