Boeing launches 737 MAX 10 at Paris Air Show

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Romanian low-priced carrier Blue Air has concluded a long-term lease agreement with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for six new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and six used 737-800 aircraft, the US-based company said on Tuesday. Boeing will also show its 737 Max 9 and Airbus will show the single-aisle A321, popular for its fuel efficiency. The MAX 10 will be introduced in the 2020 time frame.

The 190-230-seat 737 MAX 10 aircraft will boast more seats and a revamped landing gear. Other alterations to earlier versions include a variable exit limit rating mid-exit door, a lighter, flat aft pressure bulkhead and a modified wing for low-speed drag reduction. With growing air traffic and rising congestion at key hubs, the Boeing 737 MAX 10 is expected to ease the problem for Indian airlines. That's about 10 passengers more than similar capacities for the Max 9 and about about 30 more than the Max 8, according to the jetmaker.

Separately Avolon, an aircraft leasing company with its headquarters in Ireland, said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing for 75 737 Max 8 aircraft valued at $8.4 billion.

The Max 10, which will be Boeing's first new model since the unveiling of the 777X series at the Dubai Air Show in 2013, will be 5½ feet longer than the US$119.2mil Max 9, now the biggest member of the re-engined 737 family, which was launched alongside the Max 7 and 8 in 2011.

SpiceJet operates a fleet of 35 next-generation 737s and 20 Bombardier Q400s. "Adopting the brand new 737 MAX family is an important milestone for Blue Air and the Romania aviation sector, allowing us to further improve our operating efficiencies", Racaru added.

SpiceJet is scheduled to take the delivery of its first 737 MAX in 2018.

"I leave it to our customers to tell us if our family is right", said McAllister in a media roundtable here on Sunday.

The industry is eager to show off its wares at the Paris show after a string of public relations embarrassments recently, from the United Airlines' passenger getting dragged off a flight to British Airways' massive outage.

General Electric Commercial Aviation Services also placed an order for 20 MAX 10s, while the leisure-travel giant TUI Group agreed to convert 18 of its 70 outstanding 737 orders to the pricier MAX 10.

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