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Boeing has a clear path to picking engines, offering, launching the NMA

Boeing's timeline to launch the 797 is picking up speed.

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Away from the supply chain frustrations and missing engines in Renton, the final assembly of the company’s new flagship in Everett, its sprouting services business in Dallas, finalizing a joint venture with another aircraft manufacturer in Brazil or the integration of numerous other acquisitions, on top of it all2, Boeing has a clear schedule on its way to launching its next all-new commercial airliner.

CFM International, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce will submit their respective best and final offers around late December to power Boeing’s New Middle Market Airplane, the NMA. And a final selection is now expected around February, according to people familiar with the planning. All of these milestones are a prelude to the program’s most important industrial decisions: The authority to offer the NMA in March and a formal commercial launch with first airline orders as early as the Paris Air Show in June, according to the people.

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