You’ve probably heard a lot about our studies of a new stretched variant of the 737 MAX. Today at ISTAT Americas in San Diego, I confirmed that Boeing is actively engaged in discussions with customers about the 737 MAX 10X. In fact, we’ve already extended business offers to some of those customers.
This airplane would give airlines increased capacity and the lowest seat costs ever for a single-aisle airplane. Simply put, the 737 MAX 10X would be the most profitable single-aisle airplane the industry has ever seen.
So how would it match up against the competition?
Compared to the A321neo, the MAX 10X would offer the same capacity, lower costs (5 percent lower per seat and 5 percent lower per trip) and more range.
This would be a relatively minor development program. The MAX 10X would follow the MAX 200 and MAX 7, with entry into service in the 2020 time frame.
Let’s be clear. The MAX 9 is still an exceptional airplane. The 10X would extend and strengthen the overall MAX family— a family that we’ve designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility, efficiency and commonality. We look forward to our continued discussions with customers.