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Boeing is Discussing a 737 MAX Stretch with Customers

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Boeing is Discussing a 737 MAX Stretch with Customers

Boeing is Discussing a 737 MAX Stretch with Customers
March 07
09:18 2017

MIAMI — Boeing is trying to persuade customers to place orders for its 737 MAX 10X, a new variant derived from a stretch of the MAX 9.

The unveiling of the first images of the -10X took place at the ISTAT conference in San Diego, California. There, Randy Tinseth, Vice President sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the airplane “would give airlines increased capacity and the lowest seat costs ever for a single-aisle airplane. Simply put, the 737 MAX 10X would be the most profitable single-aisle airplane the industry has ever seen.”

The 737 MAX 10X would benefit from a mature platform, and would incorporate two extra forward and aft sections, stretching the fuselage by 66 inches, and taking the maximum capacity up to 230 seats in a single-class configuration, and 189 in a standard two-class passenger cabin.

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The aircraft would also use the same CFM International LEAP-1B engine as the other MAX models.

Given the stretch of the fuselage, the main landing gear must be modified to enable adequate clearance of the longer body for rotation on takeoff and landing. According to Boeing, the company is studying variations of a trailing-link main landing gear, possibly including a telescopic feature.

Both Airbus and Boeing are looking for the Boeing 757 replacement market. With 1050 aircraft built between 1982 and 2004, the 757 is considered a true middle-of-the-market (MoM) aircraft, with enough north transatlantic range to serve routes between small cities and open new markets.

While Airbus has focused on making the A321neo / A321LR variants a suitable 757 replacement, Boeing has believed that the market is limited. While Boeing hesitated to give the MoM a go, and proposed the MAX 9 as a replacement, Airbus outsold it by a 5:1 ratio.

“Compared to the A321neo, the MAX 10X would offer the same capacity, lower costs (5% lower per seat and per trip) and more range,” said Tinseth.

The decision to launch the MAX 10 would ensure Boeing a low-risk development cost, a faster entry to service and gain time (and customers) to develop an eventual true MoM replacement.

According to Tinseth, the variant would be a relatively minor development program, following the entry into service of the MAX 200 and MAX 7. Boeing expects to introduce the MAX 10X “in the 2020 time frame.”

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4 Comments

  1. caveman7570
    caveman7570 March 07, 13:07

    The dumbest thing Boeing can ever do. If they were smart, they would have brought back the 757 and made it a max version. Instead they are concentrating on dressing a turd that was conceived in the 1960’s. I am not saying the 737 is a bad aircraft. I am saying Boeing is relying too much on the widebody marked while letting Airbus capitalize on the narrowbody market. Now they are faced with dwindling widebody orders Boeing is faced with laying off workers. They always say when people are thirsty and all there is to dring is sand, then people will dring the sand.

  2. brucebaker
    brucebaker March 07, 16:18

    Great idea but the economics probably wouldn’t work. The 757 would need a new wing to be competitive and the development costs would be through the roof. Boeing needs a clean sheet airplane to address this market. I am afraid the max 10 will be a max bust. It’s market is just too limited.

  3. SanJunipero777
    SanJunipero777 March 14, 06:04

    Boeing is not facing dwindling widebody orders. Airbus is in the lead, but Boeing is doing extremely well, all things considered. Nor is Boeing facing laying off people.

  4. SanJunipero777
    SanJunipero777 March 14, 06:08

    Boeing is not being faced with laying off workers. Nor is it facing dwindling widebody aircraft orders. Airbus is in the lead in the narrowbody sector, but Boeing is doing VERY well. Its order books are very healthy. Your post was extremely dramatized.

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