Via PR Newswire and straight out of the Paris Air Show, United and Boeing have announced an order of 100 737-MAX 10’s and an additional 4 777-300ER’s. With this order, United will become the largest MAX 10 customer. It’s expected that United take delivery of its first 737-MAX 10 in late 2020. Obviously United is betting on the MAX 10 as the aging yet uniquely versatile 757 fleet keeps aging. Boeing is largely benefiting from this void left by the 757’s in the airline industry. The 737-MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history. Still, the aircraft isn’t as useful or adaptable as the 757.
Part of the news release:
“The 737 MAX 10 will enable us to continue using larger and more efficient aircraft within our domestic network and better meet the needs of our customers today and into the future,” said Andrew Levy, United Airlines executive vice president and chief financial officer.
“The addition of this advanced aircraft to our fleet will enable us to continue to offer the state-of-the-art flying experience our customers expect when traveling with us,” said Gerry Laderman, United Airlines senior vice president of finance, procurement and treasurer.
“We’re excited that our long partnership with United will extend far into the future,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister. “The 737 MAX 10 will provide even more flexibility to United’s route schedule and will bring to their operation the best economics of any airplane in the single-aisle segment.”
In addition to the 737-MAX 10 news:
United has now ordered a total of 18 777-300ERs and began taking delivery of the aircraft last year. The 777-300ERs feature the airline’s all-new United Polaris business class, featuring custom-designed, exclusive-to-United seats, an elevated dining experience, new custom bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue and new amenity kits.
Like all of Boeing’s 737 MAX models, the MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver superior efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
It sounds like United will move forward with Zodiac’s Polaris seats, which hopefully means they got their act together and will be able to keep up and outfit 777-300ER deliveries. Honestly, every time I hear or read ‘777-300ER’ I think of the 747 retirement. If only there was a way to keep them. Oh well. Nevertheless, new orders result in a newer and more modern fleet, so these are definitely good news.