Boeing looks to FedEx to expand NMA business case

By 2028 it will be against international law to sell a 767 freighter and Boeing may have a solution.

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FARNBOROUGH — In 2028 it will be a violation of international law to sell a new 767 freighter.

In March 2017, the International Civil Aviation Organization Council adopted new standards for CO2 emissions. As part of the environmental agreement, ICAO and its members specified “in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are sufficiently modified.”

With limited chance of a major fuel burn slimming overhaul of the 767, Boeing would need a new product to satisfy what it envisions as rising demand for dedicated medium-size cargo haulers.

As part of that consideration and in a bid to broaden its business case for its New Middle-Market Airplane (NMA), Boeing has expanded its conversations beyond lessors and airlines for passengers aircraft.

The company has been in discussions with FedEx Express over its role as potential launch operator for a dedicated cargo-hauling version of the NMA, according to three people familiar with or briefed on the discussions.

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