Boeing Co (BA.N) has begun offering airlines a stretched version of its new 737 MAX narrow-body aircraft, according to a report by CNN Money on Thursday.
Boeing has said it is talking with customers about adding the bigger plane to its 737 MAX family, which boasts greater fuel efficiency than current-generation 737s. The first 737 MAX is due to enter service this year. The new version of the aircraft – the 737 MAX 10X – would help Boeing compete better with Airbus, whose A321neo plane is advantageous over 737 MAX 9 in terms of capacity and flight distance. “We are continuing to work through the business case and talk to customers about a potential 737 MAX 10X,” Boeing stated on the 12th of January. “Once this process is successfully completed, we will be in a position to share more details.”
The U.S. plane maker’s latest design is a defensive move to keep airlines from buying Airbus and giving it more time to cultivate plans for an all-new airliner that would fly 200 to 275 passengers as far as 5,000 nautical miles, according to industry officials. The plans are the latest move in the chess game of one of the world’s fiercest corporate rivalries.