Boeing's newest airliners make their debuts in Paris

United Airlines converts an order for 100 737 MAX jets into one for the new 737 MAX 10 model.

Malaysia Airlines Bhd has converted some of its current 737 MAX 8 orders into 10 new 737 MAX 10 models, valued at US$1.25 billion (RM5.36 billion) at list prices, at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.

French President Emmanuel Macron officially opened the biennial Paris Air Show, arriving on a Airbus A400M military transport plane.

"The 737 MAX with 197 seats provides Ryanair with the flawless solution for its additional capacity requirements as it strives to carry 200 million passengers per year by the middle of the next decade", said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Boeing claimed a total of 571 planes for the weekend.

Meanwhile, the aircraft made its Paris flying-display debut to the media and airline industry at this year's International Paris Air Show. According to CNN, the sales were worth $74.8 billion.

With the Max 10, Boeing is hoping to stop the wave of customers defecting to Airbus A321neo which has received a significant number of orders since it was introduced three years ago. "We have no intention of sharing that market with them, albeit a smaller market than we might have thought".

Airbus, which posted a tally of 229 airliners valued at about US$25 billion, dismissed the setback and said it was focusing on meeting delivery targets to make up for production snags rather than seeking new purchasers.

"Due to the long-term success we've had operating 737 NG we had placed a sizable order of 737 MAX aircraft for our future, and the 737 MAX 10 provides additional flexibility for certain segments of our network", commented Ahmad Zamany, Copa Airlines' Vice President of Technical Operations.

Boeing's projection includes a 5 percent increase in the 20-year forecast for deliveries of single-aisle aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families, the cash cows of the world's two largest aircraft manufacturers. The aim is the highest passenger comfort in the single-aisle market, with key features including the Boeing Sky Interior. With the latest advances in engines and aerodynamics, they promise significant fuel savings to airlines, which have responded with hundreds of orders for single-aisle airlines that are the workhorses of their fleets. Iran is coming back from years under global sanctions.

  • Zachary Reyes