The aircraft marker’s first new jet in nearly four years is a stretched upgrade of the 50-year-old Boeing 737 single-aisle workhorse flown domestically by both Qantas and Virgin Australia. As these planes can carry more passengers, they have attracted interest from low-priced airlines as well as carriers looking to exploit their range that allows them to make flights across the Atlantic.
“SpiceJet continues to be an aviation leader and strong Boeing partner and we are honored to have them join 737 MAX 10 launch group”, said Dinesh Keskar, Senior VP, Asia Pacific & India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing has had about 3,700 orders for the 737 Max family, which ranges from the 172-seat Max 7 to the 220-seat Max 9.
Single-aisle planes for short and medium distances are the hottest ticket in the world’s civil aviation industry, with airline demand for models in the Airbus A320 family giving the European firm an edge – for now – over its American rival Boeing, which is racing to return in force to the mid-range segment. “It could be too much oxygen, too much carbon dioxide”.
While Airbus and Boeing will again hog the spotlight at the Paris Air.
Airbus said this month that it expected the market for large passenger planes to more than double in the next 20 years, driven by growth from Asian markets.
In order to carry the extra payload, the Max 10 will be equipped with larger, higher-thrust engines.
Airbus chief Fabrice Bregier said on Monday the company was in talks with several potential customers for the upgraded plane.
The planemaker predicts the need for 35,000 new planes worth $5.3 trillion over the next two decades, an increase from last year’s estimates. Sources said on Sunday the European company was close too to clinching a deal worth about $5 billion with low-priced carrier Viva Air Peru.
The show opened in the suburbs of Paris.
Held every two years, the International Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies while supporting various armament procurement competitions taking place throughout Europe.
The air show kicked off on June 19, it will last until June 25. Boeing Global Services must get away from the company’s heritage as a heavy industrial manufacturer to provide faster, competitively priced services.