United Airlines converts 100-jet Boeing order into 737 MAX 10s
Of the latest batch to be ordered, five will be delivered in the first half of 2019, with the second five scheduled to arrive a year later. Airbus’ forecast increase was 4.4 percent.
But over the longer term, Boeing sees an industry in rude health, forecasting 41,030 passenger and freight plane deliveries worth more than $6 trillion over the next two decades, up from 39,620 in a similar projection a year ago.
The entire 737 MAX family has been created to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market.
Airbus, however, maintains an edge over Boeing in its total backlog. The 737 Max 10, which can carry up to 230 passengers, is the largest in the class, and Boeing said it would be 5% cheaper to operate than the Airbus A321neo.
The US planemaker continued to rack up orders at the Paris Airshow for a new version of its best-selling 737 aircraft, which was launched amid a flurry of deals. “We’re proud that United’s 777-300ER fleet continues to grow”. Additionally, Airbus said the growing number of passengers in Asia and the Middle East will require jets with greater capacity, as airports in the region are already very congested. China Aircraft Leasing Group is buying 50 of the USA narrowbodies, while Ryanair Holdings PLC, Europe’s largest airline by passengers, added 10 commitments for 737s.
The deal includes an option for a further 50. CBD Aviation, which on Monday bought planes from Boeing, signed for 45 Airbus narrowbodies on Tuesday.
Malaysia Airlines has operated nearly every derivative of the 737 airplane family and now operates more than 50 Next-Generation 737s.
One such airline, Indian low-priced operator SpiceJet, said it was very interested in the new jet to relieve airport congestion and open new routes from South Asia. Ten minutes later, United said it will convert 100 of its current MAX orders to MAX 10 orders.
Blue Air general manager Gheorghe Racaru said that the company will start preparing to list its shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO announced a commitment for 20 MAX 8s and Tokyo-based Japan Investment Adviser Co., which has an aircraft leasing unit, committed to buy 10 MAX 8s.