Re: Plastic Boeing 737s?
I think they just made an error when they said "new 737" in the lower part of the article. I don't believe there are any plans to rebuild the 737 as a composite airframe, although I wouldn't doubt it if they really did mean it. For a point of comparison:
Boeing 737-800: $70 mil, 190 passengers ($368k / passenger)
Boeing 787-3: $140 mil, 300 passengers ($466k / passenger)
So the 737 is still cheaper per passenger, at least in the varients compared.. the 737-600 carries around 100 passengers and is about $50 mil, which does not compare quite as favorably, unless you take in to account it's harder to sell out a 300-passenger flight than a 100 passenger flight. At any rate, I think it's extremely funny the 737 - an aircraft launched in 1967 - is still selling in large numbers to this day, and will possibly continue to sell in quantity for many years to come.