Gulf carriers interested in Boeing's middle of the market aircraft concept: Report

26 June, 2018

Boeing is reportedly in discussions with airlines based in the Middle East regarding the development of a new middle of the market aircraft, dubbed the 797 (Gulf News, 23-Jun-2018). Boeing senior managing director of marketing Darren Hulst stated: "I think airlines in the Middle East, in the Gulf, have shown very similar interest to what we've seen globally in terms of how this aircraft would enable them to grow in different ways and enable them to expand capabilities". Mr Hulst described the aircraft as "larger and more capable in terms of range than the 737s and the A320s out there, and smaller and less costly than today's widebody aeroplanes".