Boeing defends 737 Max 10 after lessors demur

Boeing defends 737 Max 10 after lessors demur

Boeing defends 737 Max 10 after lessors demur

Meanwhile, Boeing is also looking at a new stretched variant, 737 MAX 10X, created to fill a gap in the Boeing product lineup versus the Airbus A321neo LR.

The MAX 9 will begin flight tests next month.

The 737 MAX 8, another plane in the new series, is expected to deliver to customers in the second quarter of this year.

FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate for the 737 MAX 8, verifying the design complies with required aviation regulations and is safe and reliable.

The 737 MAX 8 is the first in the family to be developed and meets customer demand in the heart of the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX's major rival, the Airbus A320 neo had achieved its joint FAA and EASA certification in November 2015 and began commercial flight operations in January 2016.

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The first such aircraft was officially debuted this Tuesday, when it was rolled out in front of employees at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington.

The photo op for employees is one of the rituals for a new breed of airplane, and today's event played out much like the ceremonies that accompanied the rollout of the somewhat smaller 737 MAX 8 in late 2015, right down to the overcast, rain-spattered setting.

737 MAX range comparisons - Image: Boeing. It has the longest range in its sector without the investment in any auxiliary fuel tanks, and with one auxiliary tank, matches the versatility of the 737 MAX 8 with a range of 3,515 nautical miles.

Boeing will later produce a smaller MAX 7 and then the MAX 200, a high-density version of the MAX 8 that has an extra exit door and is created to seat 200 passengers in one class.

Boeing has secured more than 3,600 737 MAX family aircraft orders from 83 customers.

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