So Boeing has been at the drawing boards again – and have come up with its next answer – The Boeing 737 MAX 10.
Boeing 737 MAX 10 – Image, The Boeing Company
Building on the 737 MAX Series, the new 737 MAX will feature
In terms of seating, the manufacturer is planning the new aircraft will fit 188 passengers in a two-class format, and 230 seats in a single class layout.
The plane will be 1.67m (5.5ft) longer than the current 737 MAX 9 – making it the longest 737 ever at 43.8 metres long, (or 143ft 8in). It will have a range of 3,215nm (5,960km) – around 200nm more than current 737s.
The planes will be powered by CFM Leap-1B engines.
Inside, expect to see the Boeing Sky Interior that has been installed on many a recent Boeing Aircraft. Externally, expect to see the new Boeing 737 MAX winglet and changes in the landing gear, along with the stretch to accommodate the extra passengers.
So – why the Boeing 737 MAX 10? Whilst Boeing released the 737 MAX 9 – it hasn’t sold that well compared to its opposition, the Airbus A321neo.
Boeing is promising lower costs, with a 5% saving on operating the aircraft per seat and five percent saving based on a trip cost.
Helpfully, Boeing prepared an infographic.
Boeing 737 MAX 10 Infographic – Image, The Boeing Company.
With 240 orders in the bag already, it seems worth it for Boeing to develop the aircraft.
Certainly, Boeing will be looking to its traditional customers who have got 737-900/737-900ER/MAX 9s on their order books to consider the MAX 10 for their next round of upgrades.
In effect – The Boeing 737 MAX 10 will be competing with the MAX 9 for customers – as well as Airbus – one only need to look at the conversions from the MAX 9 to MAX 10 already.
The first moves on orders have been the lessors and Low-Cost Carriers as I covered earlier. Suffice to say, the bigger players will be watching from the lines and pondering if they are in a position to make an order.
As with all new major airframes – this is one to watch as the big airlines and lessors consider their options.
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