Usually an aircraft manufacturer debuting a new plane type is big news, though that’s not the case for Boeing today.
Boeing Launches The 737 MAX 10
Boeing has today very quietly debuted the brand new 737 MAX 10 at their facility in Renton, Washington. While these kinds of events are usually full of media, in this case it seemed to be more of an employee event, intended to highlight their accomplishments and recognize the efforts of teams that went into the production of this plane.
Mark Jenks, Boeing’s VP and GM of the 737 program, had the following to say:
“Today is not just about a new airplane. It’s about the people who design, build and support it. This team’s relentless focus on safety and quality shows the commitment we have to our airline customers and every person who flies on a Boeing airplane.”
The Boeing 737 MAX 10 currently has more than 550 orders from more than 20 airlines around the globe, though go figure the plane can’t actually fly.
What Is The Boeing 737 MAX 10?
The Boeing 737 MAX 10 is the third and largest variant of the 737 MAX family, following the debut of the 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9.
Just to compare the stats of the 737 MAX variants:
As you can see, the 737 MAX 10 is the highest capacity but also the shortest range variant of the MAX family. The plane can seat up to 230 people and has a range of up to 3,300 nautical miles. Boeing claims that the plane has the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane ever produced.
United is the biggest customer of the 737 MAX 10, with 100 of the planes on order. Flydubai, Lion Air, and VietJet Air, all have more than 50 of the planes on order as well.
It was created as a response to the Airbus A321neo. The catch is that unlike with the A321neo, there are no longer range versions than the MAX 10. Airbus has continued to build on the A321neo, with the introduction of the A321LR, and then in a few years the introduction of the A321XLR. There’s no such evolution expected with the 737 MAX 10.
Boeing has formally launched the 737 MAX 10, which is the largest and shortest range variant of the 737 MAX 10. Unfortunately the plane can’t enter commercial service yet, and it’s anyone’s guess when that will actually happen (Boeing is aiming for early next year).
though the plane can’t actually enter commercial service for now. It’s anyone’s guess when the 737 MAX will be back in the skies (they’re aiming for early next year).
A lot of people worked very hard on this plane, though obviously it’s kind of sad to have a launch happen like this…