BOC Aviation is among the first customers for the latest variant of the single-aisle Boeing jets that was officially launched on Monday at the Paris Air Show.
But it would only be put into production if it received “a large order”, he said, without elaborating. Other customers will be announcing their orders throughout the week, it said.
In 2005, Airbus debuted its much anticipated double-decker A380 superjumbo airliner.
The Max series of jets are created to be a more fuel-efficient version of the workhorse 737, Boeing’s most popular commercial plane.
Coming up next from Boeing is the 737 Max 10 which is to match that capacity, while also being lighter and cheaper, the plane maker has said.
In a sign of their more modest expectations, some companies have cut back on staffing and catering at this year’s Paris show and made less space available for the media.
“The MAX 10 is going to add more value for customers and more energy to the marketplace”, Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said at a presentation ceremony.
“Many airports are running out of capacity and for those airports this is a ideal aircraft”, said Ajay Singh, the chairman of low-priced Indian airline SpiceJet, as his company signed a provisional deal to buy 40 MAX 10s. They compete with Airbus planes in the A320-neo family, aiming at a similar short- to mid-range market.
French President Emmanuel Macron is opening the Paris Air Show from the skies.
Thousands are expected at the biennial aviation and defense industry gathering this week.
The industry is eager to show off its wares after a string of public relations embarrassments recently – from the United Airlines’ passenger getting dragged off a flight to British Airways’ massive outage.