Today, Boeing made an important presentation to thousands of its employees at its factory in Renton, Washington. Here, the aircraft manufacturer showed off its first 737 MAX 10.
The biggest in the family
According to a press release, some of Boeing’s senior leaders were in attendance at the ceremony. The leadership took the opportunity to praise the efforts of the staff that completed the production of its newest 737 MAX family member. The 737 MAX 10 is the largest of the aircraft type. It has the capacity for up to 230 seats and a length of 43.8 m (143 ft 8 in).
Boeing vice president Mark Jenks spoke highly of his employees that were involved in the creation of the new airliner. The businessman is also the general manager of the 737 program. He said that the work that his staff put in the manufacturing process displays how much dedication they have to Boeing’s passengers.
“Today is not just about a new airplane. It’s about the people who design, build and support it,” said Jenks, according to the release.
“This team’s relentless focus on safety and quality shows the commitment we have to our airline customers and every person who flies on a Boeing airplane.”
The company says that the MAX 10 will offer the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane in history. This is a feature that has helped it gain more than 550 orders and commitments from more than 20 customers around the globe.
United Airlines is one of the biggest clients of the 737 MAX 10, with 100 units ordered. The US-based carrier converted 100 MAX 9 orders into MAX 10s in July 2017. Furthermore, VietJet is also a significant customer with 80 of the aircraft on order.
Despite the well-documented controversy surrounding the MAX family aircraft, Boeing is hopeful of the success of this plane. Airlines are also starting to make more orders for the type. Turkish firm SunExpress ordered 10 of the jets at the Dubai Airshow earlier this week. Additionally, Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has signed a letter of intent to purchase 30 737 MAXs. There have also been rumors that Indian carrier SpiceJet could place orders for the line this week.
Meanwhile, some pilots have also shown their excitement of flying the MAX 10. 737 Chief Pilot Jennifer Henderson shared how she is eager to be the first person to fly the jetliner.
“I’m honored to take this airplane on its first flight and show the world what you’ve put your heart and soul into,” Henderson said, according to the media release.
The airplane will now undergo system checks and engine runs before the first flight planned for 2020.
Simple Flying reached out to Boeing for further comment on the reveal of the 737 MAX 10 but did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.
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