Boeing says it has more than 240 orders and commitments from more than 10 customers for the latest addition to the 737 MAX family, which now counts five different variants.
Boeing has officially announced the launch of the 737 MAX 10 as the newest member of the 737 MAX family, which now counts five members: the MAX 7, 8, 9, 10 and 200. According to Boeing, the 737 MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane ever produced.
The MAX 10 is designed to fill a gap in the Boeing product lineup versus the Airbus A321neo LR. Boeing claims that, compared to the A321neo, the MAX 10X would offer the same capacity, lower costs (5% lower per seat and 5% lower per trip) and more range. Earlier declarations by Boeing officials have indicated a planned entry into service in the 2020 time frame, after the MAX 200 and MAX 7.
The new MAX already has more than 240 orders and commitments from more than 10 customers worldwide. Boeing says it will be announcing order details throughout the week. These include an MoU with BOC Aviation Limited 10 737 MAX 10s.
Design changes for the 737 MAX 10 include a fuselage stretch of 66 inches compared to the 737 MAX 9 and levered main landing gear. The airplane has the capacity to carry up to 230 passengers.
Other changes include a variable exit limit rating mid-exit door, a lighter flat aft pressure bulkhead and a modified wing for low speed drag reduction.
Like Boeing's other 737 MAX models, the 737 MAX 10 incorporates CFM International LEAP-1B engines and Advanced Technology winglets.
Boeing delivered its first 737 MAX – a 737 MAX 8 for Malaysia-based Malindo Air – on 16th May. The 737 MAX 9 is scheduled to enter service in 2018.