On Monday, Boeing launched the newest and largest member of its 737 MAX family of jets at the 2017 Paris Air Show.
With room for as many as 230 seats, the 737 MAX 10 is Boeing’s answer to the Airbus A321neo which has been outselling the smaller MAX 9 at a rate of five-to-one.
The MAX 10 will be 66 inches longer than the MAX 9 and will feature a new levered main landing gear. In addition, Boeing promises the plane’s fuel-sipping CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced aerodynamics, and state-of-the-art avionics will help the MAX 10 deliver the lowest unit costs of any single-aisle airliner in history.
However, the MAX 10 doesn’t solve all of Boeing’s 737 MAX problems. Even when equipped with an auxiliary fuel tank, the MAX 10’s 3,700-mile range can’t match that of the extended range A321neo LR’s claimed 4,600-mile range.
With that said, the 737 MAX 10 is certainly a major step in the right direction for Boeing.
For four years Airbus has dominated the order war at the industry’s premier event, but this year Boeing delivered its fastest-selling new model ever.
Demand for airliners at this week’s Paris Air Show rebounded from a six-year low at the mid-2016 industry event in Farnborough, England, after a stretched version of Boeing’s 737, called the Max 10, became the U.S. planemaker’s fastest-selling new model ever. Boeing’s orders almost tripled from last year’s show in the U.K. and dwarfed figures at Airbus, which has been hobbled by engine problems on its new A320neo lineup.