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Boeing’s CEO Sees at Least Two-Year Wait on Designing New Jetliner

  • Digital tool deck isn’t yet ‘mature,’ Calhoun tells conference
  • Customers are pushing for new plane to counter Airbus A321neo

Boeing Co. won’t launch a new jetliner any time soon to address Airbus SE’s widening sales lead in the narrow-body market, Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun said.

Prominent customers like Air Lease Corp. founder Steven Udvar-Hazy have been calling on Boeing to get moving on the mid-sized aircraft family Calhoun tabled two years ago. But there are no leaps in engine technology in sight to propel jetliner sales, and Calhoun said he isn’t willing to bet an expensive new development program on the current generation of turbofans.