The Chicago-based aerospace manufacturer also has announced that it has nicknamed the new jet the "Dreamliner." The name received the most votes of four choices among those who cast a vote on a Web site as part of a contest sponsored by Boeing and America Online Time Warner. "Dreamliner" beat out Global Cruiser, eLiner and Stratoclimber.
The five outside suppliers named to Boeing's airframe team are Alenia Aeronautica, Fuji Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Vought Aircraft Industries.
"We are not at a point where we can say specifically what parts or what percentage of the airplane will be awarded to any company," said Mike Bair, senior vice president of the Boeing 7E7 program, in a statement.
Bair also updated work on the 7E7, noting that the company is in talks with more than 40 airlines as it continues development work on the plane.
Boeing is studying both 200-passenger and 250 passenger versions of the 7E7.
The 7E7's range will be between 8,300 to 9,200 miles, allowing airlines to offer nonstop service between cities such as Washington, D.C., and Rome or Newark to Rio de Janeiro.
"We know that people prefer to fly directly to their destination," Bair said. "The 7E7 will let more people do that. We estimate that there are more than 400 city pairs that could be served non,stop efficiently for the first time with the 7E7."
In addition, the jet will have wider aisles, more cabin humidity and will feel as if passengers are flying at a lower altitude than in other airplanes.
The Paris Air Show, held every other year continues through June 22.
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