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Boeing opens programme office for potential new mid-market jet

[LONDON] Boeing Co has opened an office for a potential new mid-market jet and named a leader for the project, taking it a step closer to deciding whether to launch the new airplane, according to a staff memo seen by Reuters.

The "New Mid-market Airplane" office will be run by Mark Jenks who currently heads the 787 Dreamliner programme.

"I am pleased to announce the creation of a new program office to move us one step closer to a decision on a New Mid-market Airplane (NMA) and also serve as a vehicle to evolve how we design and build airplanes," Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Kevin McAllister said in the memo.

A Boeing spokesman confirmed the contents of the memo.

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The memo gave no indication on whether or when Boeing might commit to building the new jet, which industry sources expect to seat 220-260 passengers. The plane would fit between the 737 series of single aisle jets, and the wide body 787.

Brad Zaback will now head the 787 programme.