While every Boeing jetliner since the 707 has brought something unique to the company’s portfolio, be it all-new sizes or configurations or—in more recent generations, advanced systems technology and materials—the new midmarket airplane (NMA) so far is distinguished by its fundamental lack of all-new technology. Although it is expected to have an unusual hybrid elliptical cross-section optimizing passenger accommodation over belly cargo, the fuselage, like the rest of the ...

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