In a phone interview from Paris, Keith Leverkuhn, Boeing vice president in charge of the MAX program, said he's very pleased with the 44 incremental orders and that the conversions reflect the importance of allowing airlines to subsitute other models as they nail down their own fleet planning needs. In addition, numerous commitments announced today were conversions from existing 737 MAX orders.
"The agreement, valued at $4.7 billion at current list prices, is split evenly between 20 new orders for the 737 MAX 10 and conversions of 20 of the low-priced carrier's 737 MAX 8 airplanes from its existing order to 737 MAX 10s", Boeing said, announcing the agreement at the Paris Air Show.
At least one potential Max 10 customer also voiced reservations.
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. The new model will seat between 180 and 230 passengers. The Max 10 "looks great and we've got a lot of customers interested". Boeing claims the Boeing 737 MAX 10 will be 5% more efficient than its nearest competitor, which would be the Airbus A321neo.
That would be the biggest deal yet for the stealthy warplane, set to make its Paris Airshow debut this week.
Qatar Airways firms up an order for 20 Boeing BA.N 737 MAX jets after letter of intent past year for up to 60 737 MAX 8 jets.
Airbus and Boeing are expected to bring in about 200 new orders each at this week's show at Le Bourget, down from past years when Asian and Mideast carriers were growing rapidly.
An artist's conception shows a 737 MAX 10 jet flying over Paris. The stretched Max 10 will become the latest variant in Boeing's 737 Max family, which also includes the smaller Max 7, Max 8 and Max 9 types.
Winning Airbus-loyal customers for the MAX 10 will be hard or even close to impossible, but the airplane should do its job preventing losing Boeing loyal customers to Airbus. There he encountered a USA delegation led by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. In addition, Boeing promises the plane's fuel-sipping CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced aerodynamics, and state-of-the-art avionics will help the MAX 10 deliver the lowest unit costs of any single-aisle airliner in history.