It’s being reported that Boeing is working on a New Midsize Airplane (NMA) that features a single pilot cockpit. While it was initially thought that the manufacturer was going to reveal the design at the Paris Air Show, it is believed that, following the crashes of JT610 and ET302, Boeing may wait.
MSN reports that an upcoming design from Boeing could feature a single pilot cockpit craft. This latest jet – allegedly a New Midsize Airplane (NMA) – has been referred to by those in the industry as the 797.
This kind of craft is normally used for trans-Atlantic routes and can hold anywhere between 200 to 290 passengers.
According to the outlet, a note issued earlier this week by analysts at Jefferies Group, a multinational investment group, that while there would be just a single pilot in the plane’s cockpit, a second pilot would be on the ground.
It is thought that this could save carriers a considerable amount of money.
While it was initially thought that Boeing would reveal its latest offering at the Paris Air Show in June, it is believed that – as the manufacturer is currently still dealing with the fall-out from the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 – it may opt to wait. In fact, findings by Jefferies indicate that the jet may not even enter service until 2028.
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