Singapore - Boeing said that it completed the firm configuration of its future 737 MAX 10, launched last July and whose first deliveries are expected in 2020.
Announced at the Singapore Air Show on February 6, 2018, the firm configuration of the MAX 10, the largest model of the re-engineered single-aisle family, has a 66-inch elongated fuselage compared to the 737 MAX 9. The aircraft will transport up to 230 passengers and will reduce costs per flight and seat per kilometer by 5% compared to its competitors, according to the manufacturer.
Engineers now have all design requirements in place to begin the detailed design phase before starting production.
The steps we have taken to achieve this milestone make the MAX 10 single-aisle aircraft the most efficient and cost-effective aircraft the market has ever seen,said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
We are working closely with our customers to deliver the performance and efficiency benefits we have promised,he added.
The 737 MAX 10 was officially launched at the Paris Air Show in July 2017, and since then has registered more than 416 orders and purchase commitments from 18 customers. United Airlines 100, Lion Air 50, TUI Travel 18, Copa Airlines 15, WestJet 12, Malaysia Airlines and Donghai Airlines 10 each and Okay Airways 9. The rest of firm orders come from leasing companies BOC Aviation, Aviation Capital Group, and GECAS. Deliveries should begin by 2020.
Recall that the first MAX 7 left the painting hangar this week and will soon begin flight tests. The MAX 8 has been in service since 2017 and already carried more than 1.8 million passengers. And the first MAX 9 is expected to be delivered in the coming weeks, while the MAX 200 (high density version of the MAX 8 for Ryanair) is expected in the second quarter.
The single-aisle family aircraft, equipped with CFM Leap-1B engines, is the best selling models in Boeing's history with more than 4300 orders from 92 customers.