Langenhagen - German leisure airline operator TUIfly considers converting part of a previous order for 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8 into the largest variant of the MAX Family.
The -10 variant of the Boeing's MAX series jets is able to accommodate more passengers on busy routes. The MAX 10 has a capacity of 219 seats in a single class, 30 more than the MAX 8.
On March 7, TUIfly managing director Oliver Lackmann said that the company would make its final decision before the year end, on the sidelines of the ITB tourism fair in Berlin.
As part of a larger order for 72 MAX family jets, the airline expects to take delivery of 25 737 MAX 8 jets in the coming years. TUIfly will receive its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 next week (March 13). Another five copies will follow in the coming months before the end of the year.
The airline will receive four more copies in 2020i another four in 2021 and a further seven aircraft in 2022 if a potential MAX 10 conversion does not change the current plans.
Apart from the Boeing 737 MAX 8s,The German charter operator currently operates one Boeing 737-700 and 33 Boeing 737-800. The last Boeing 737-700 will leave the fleet next April and the airline will begin to harmonize its existing Boeing 737-800 fleet with the new generation MAX 8s.
The carrier plans to use its new single-aisles on its long-haul routes such as Cape Verde and Dubai.