Many are expecting Boeing to utilize the Paris Air Show to launch the 737 MAX 10, which the manufacturer aims to use to compete with the A321neo.
Boeing generated some excitement at the show’s opening day when it displayed a new version of the best-selling 737 – the 737 MAX 10.
The world’s largest commercial aircraft maker announced plans for the 737 Max 10 at the Paris Air Show on Monday.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Senior vice president (Asia Pacific and India) Dinesh Keskar said, “the additional 20 737 MAX 8s and capacity provided by these 20 new 737 MAX 10s will allow SpiceJet to offer even more passengers their award-winning onboard experience, while the aeroplane’s greater efficiency will keep SpiceJet profitable”.
Although both Airbus and Boeing seemed to enjoy grabbing their fair share of yesterday’s order value, an worldwide air show as prominent as Paris virtually always highlights friction between the companies.
While superjumbos like the A380 – four engine, double-decker giants – were once seen as the future of air travel, many airlines have instead come to prefer cheaper and more agile planes.
But industry sources said Airbus would immediately hit back with a large order for the A321neo.
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced an order for 20 of the new Boeing 737 MAX 10 at the Paris Air Show by converting 20 of its current MAX orders to the larger MAX 10, which was launched Monday. Airbus’s chief salesman John Leahy said that the new Boeing plane looks “very marginal” and risks compromising range and performance for “a few extra seats”.
The much anticipated new version of its 737 Max single-aisle aircraft, a stretched version of the narrow-body passenger jet, has been unveiled in all its glory.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history. The MAX 10 will be introduced in the 2020 time frame.
Emirates wanted Airbus to put new engines on the A380, but Sunday’s announcement from Airbus did not include new engines, opting instead for new winglets and more seats to reduce the cost per seat by about 13% and fuel burn by 4%.
A spokesman for Airbus said: “We do not comment on discussions that we may or may not be having with potential customers”. The mid-sized Max 8-ordered by carriers including Southwest Airlines Co. -will remain the “core” offering and account for the bulk of demand.
Airbus is expected to announce a production cut to less than one plane per month for the A380 beginning in 2019.