PARIS AIRSHOW: Boeing and ALAFCO announce commitment for 20 737 MAX 8s

Pablo Tucker
June 22, 2017

Qatar Airways signed a letter of intent for up to 60 narrowbody 737 MAX 8 jets, worth $6.9bn at list prices, last year.

"Airlines wanted a larger, better option in the large single-aisle segment with the operating advantages of the 737 MAX family", McAllister said.

United also announced an order for four additional 777-300ER wide-body jetliners from Boeing. "This all new MAX 737 aircraft has 8 more seats than our current 189 seat Boeing 737-800s and incorporates the latest technology engines and winglets which reduces fuel consumption and noise emissions, ensuring we remain Europe's greenest, cleanest airline". The MAX 10 will be introduced in the 2020 time frame.

"The order is anchored around the MAX 8 but we have full flexibility to move to other variants such as the MAX 10", said Mr Higgins.

Ryanair (RYAAY) finalized an order for 10 737 Max 200 planes for $1.1 billion.

The United deal brought the number of MAX 10s covered by air show order announcements to a higher than expected total of more than 320, though more than half were conversions and underlying new orders and commitments for Boeing stood closer to 160.

Competition is stiff these days in the airline industry. Even when equipped with an auxiliary fuel tank, the MAX 10 has a range of 3,700 miles, which can't match the extended-range A321neo LR's claimed 4,600-mile range.

Airbus signed an agreement with Delta Air Lines Inc. for 10 more A321 narrowbodies, while Latin American discount carrier Viva Air committed to take 50 single-aisle jets.

"For those airlines that want capacity, they now have it", he said.

- Chinese airplane leasing firm BOC Aviation announced a memorandum of understanding for 10 airplanes, "subject to internal approvals".

The order from United Continental Holdings Inc. gives the new plane a crucial initial boost and makes the Chicago-based carrier the biggest buyer of the model.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history. The air show comes a little too early for either Russia's Irkut, with its MC-21, or China's Comac, with the much-flagged C919, to be able to showcase their aircraft there, but both will leave little doubt they expect to win a big slice of the aviation pie in the future.

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