Seattle, On Aug 29 Virgin Australia Group announced that the airline was adding the largest member of the 737 MAX family to its growing narrowbody fleet. The Australian carrier has converted a previous order of ten 737 MAX 8 to the larger MAX 10 variant.
Virgin Australia expects the deliveries of the Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft from 2022.
They will form a very integral part of our customer offering on clearly very important business routes,said airline CEO John Borghetti.
The company says that it would operate the 737 MAX 10s alongside the smaller variant of the family 737 MAX 8, which is due to enter service with Virgin Australia in late 2019.
Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, Virgin Australia is the second-largest airline operator in the country with a fleet of more than 130 aircraft. The 737NG series aircraft to form the backbone of Virgin's fleet with more than 80 copies that are currently in service.
Introduced at the Paris Airshow in 2017 first, the Boeing 737 MAX 10 will be able to fly up to 3,300nm and carry up to 230 passengers in a single-class cabin configuration.
Featuring a new cockpit, fly-by-wire spoilers, newly designed winglets, and powered by CFM International LEAP 1B engines, the MAX family is more efficient compared with the 737 NG on which it is based.
This year on February, the American manufacturer announced the 737 MAX 10 had reached firm configuration. The entry into service is expected in 2020.