The future aircraft type will be the biggest member of the manufacturer’s single-aisle family.
Boeing’s future 737 MAX 10 has completed a firm configuration, meaning that engineers now have all the design requirements in place for what will be the biggest member of the company’s single-aisle family.
Announced yesterday at the Singapore Airshow, the 737 MAX 10 will use a stretched fuselage that is 66 inches (168 centimetres) longer than the MAX 9.
It will carry up to 230 passengers, delivering 5% lower journey costs and 5% lower seat-mile costs compared to its competition, Boeing says. It now moves into the detailed design phase prior to the start of production.
“The steps we’ve taken to reach this point ensure the MAX 10 will be the most efficient and profitable single-aisle airplane the market has ever seen,” pledged Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial’s vice president of marketing.
“We’re working closely with our airline customers to deliver on the performance and efficiency benefits we’ve promised.”
The MAX 10 is coming off what Boeing calls a “strong launch” at the 2017 Paris Air Show. It now has more than 416 orders and commitments from 18 customers across the globe. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020.
The MAX 10 will soon join the rest of the 737 MAX family. As reported, the first MAX 7 rolled out of the paint hangar earlier this week and will soon start flight tests.
The MAX 8 has been in service since 2017, already carrying more than 1.8 million passengers. And the first MAX 9 is scheduled to be delivered in the coming weeks.
The 737 MAX family is “designed to offer customers exceptional performance, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market”, the manufacturer says.
The family incorporates “the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market,” Boeing continues.
The 737 MAX is the fastest selling aircraft type in Boeing’s history, with more than 4,300 orders from 92 customers worldwide so far.