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Boeing hints new Jet it’s testing with NASA could replace 737 Max

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Boeing Co. is studying whether an innovative plane it's developing with NASA could find a home in its lineup next decade, the company's top executive said, offering a tantalizing glimpse into its product strategy.

Later this decade, the US planemaker plans to fly a full-scale prototype of the single-aisle jet, whose size could make it an eventual successor to the 737 Max.

Boeing and NASA have been working on a concept for nearly 15 years that reduces drag — and fuel burn — with extra-long, thin wings that are stabilized by diagonal struts attached to the bottom of the plane's fuselage.

The design, combined with improvements in engine technology, could trim fuel consumption and emissions by around 30% over Boeing's 737 Max and Airbus SE's A320neo family — the current workhorses for airlines across the globe.

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