San Diego - Boeing will not launch a small variant of its dormant 767-300ER to bridge the gap to its New Mid-market Airplane (NMA) unofficially dubbed 797.

Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that he does not expect a new production of the 767 as a passenger plane during a conference at ISTAT Americas (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) held in San Diego, California on 4-6 March.

There has been some speculation that Boeing would reactivate the 767 widebody line to offer airlines a low-price passenger plane in case the brand-new mid-market aircraft suffered delays, or in case Boeing chose not to continue the project.

Instead of building a new 767 variant, Boeing is now examining the feasibility of a "797" that could follow the footsteps of the 757 and 767 in 2025.

Some potential customers, including United and American, are reviewing options for an interim solution until the NMA enters into service. The candidate list includes the 787-8 and 737 MAX 10 as well as the Airbus A321neo and A330-800neo.

The American manufacturer produced 583 767-300ERs between 1988 and 2014. The first copy was delivered to American Airlines in 1988 and the last to Kazakh operator Air Astana in 2014.

Boeing is currently building the 767 as the freighter and tanker aircraft.

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