Employees are pictured as the first Boeing 737 MAX 7 is unveiled in Renton, Washington, U.S. February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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Boeing Co. is seeking to rewrite the rules for creating commercial jets as it hones plans for a new midrange jet nicknamed the 797 . For decades Boeing pushed its airplanes to fly ever farther. The 787 Dreamliner, the company's last all-new jetliner, opened nearly 200 nonstop routes. Boeing is mulling a two-jet family with 220-270 seats designed for midrange routes.Outdated jetsThe planes plying those 5,000-nautical-mile routes now are often outdated and too heavy, or modern but with engines and wings designed to cruise 14 hours or more like its Dreamliner.The Dreamliner was also supposed to be a low-cost wide-body, but Boeing lost money on the plane for a decade after outsourcing heavily and mismanaging suppliers.Since the NMA is the only all-new aircraft in development at either Boeing or Airbus, companies are eager to participate.
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