Boeing signs commitment with unidentified customer for 125 737 MAX 8 aircraft

Marcus Newton
June 27, 2017

Separately, another Chinese carrier, Donghai Airlines, opted to convert an earlier order for 10 smaller Max jets to 10 Max 10s, as did Malaysia Airlines, while Panama's Copa Airlines converted an order for 15.

Gerry Laderman, a senior executive at United, said the MAX 10 had "the best economics of the family", in a boost for a plane Boeing created to plug a gap in its range at the top end of the market for single-aisle jets after runaway sales of Airbus' A321neo.

After years of booming orders driven by increased air travel and more fuel-efficient planes, passenger jetmakers are bracing for a slowdown in demand while they focus on meeting tight delivery schedules and ambitious production targets. Established carriers are also swapping out older, less efficient jets for new versions and low-priced airlines are rapidly expanding their fleets. The sales tally in Paris was almost double that of last year's Farnborough Air Show, which alternates with Paris as the industry's marquee event.

Twenty of SpiceJet's provisional order for 40 MAX 10s were conversions from an existing order for other 737 models.

During its closing press conference at the Paris Air Show Thursday morning, Boeing Co.

Airlines around the world have had an insatiable demand for single-aisle aircraft like the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 that fly short and medium haul routes around the globe.

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Boeing's 737 Max 10, rolled out to combat Airbus's hot-selling A321neo, has secured $30 billion in commitments alone at the show.

Malaysia Airlines Bhd has converted some of its current 737 MAX 8 orders into 10 new 737 MAX 10 models, valued at US$1.25 billion (RM5.36 billion) at list prices, at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.

And the order news for Boeing went beyond the MAX 10.

The Chicago-based plane maker verified 587 orders against 217 of the European aerospace group but may still present more late orders at the event. Speaking to Reuters on day three of the June 19-25 show, Leahy said: "We will have some orders today, but today's isn't going to be one of our record air shows".

Okay also signed a memorandum of understanding for five 787-9 Dreamliners.

The Chicago-based company said it was exiting the Paris extravaganza with 361 commitments from 16 airlines for its newest single-aisle plane, the 737 Max 10, only formally launched Monday.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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