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September 1, 2011

Boeing 737 MAX to Offer 7 Percent Operating Cost Advantage Over Airbus A320NEO, Manufacturer Says

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By: Brandon Farris
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Boeing has announced its intentions to update the engines of the current 737 airliner and launch a new line of jets dubbed the 737 MAX family.

The current NG types of 737-700, -800 and -900 will become the 737 MAX 7, MAX 8 and MAX 9, respectively. New CFM LEAP-1B engines will power the airliners, along with other slight design changes to bring 7% lower operating cost over the Airbus A320NEO.

Among other of the changes include adding noise-reducing chevrons that many will recognize from Boeing’s 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner, and a new tail cone similar to that found on the 787. The Boeing Sky Interior, currently an option for 737 aircraft, will be standard equipment on the MAX family.

Boeing says it has received 496 firm commitments from four customers, 100 of those being for American Airlines. American is the only airline to announce its intention to buy the jets.

First delivery is expected to take place in 2017.

Computer rendering of Boeing 737 MAX family tails

Computer rendering of Boeing 737 MAX family tails. (Image by Boeing)

Rendering of 737 MAX 9

Rendering of 737 MAX 9. (Image by Boeing)

Rendering of 737 MAX 8

Rendering of 737 MAX 8. (Image by Boeing)


  • Z Diab

    I don’t see how they received 500 orders.  That would have hit the news.  They have an order from AA and the rest is just a marketing gimmick hoping that some airlines will come out and give them some orders.  Boeing is desperate since AA is the only airline that have ordered the 737-MAX.  DL chose to just order the 737-900 and not the 737-MAX and the would have jumped on a 737-MAX if it would have gotten realistic numbers from Boeing.  Looking at these facts it looks more and more that Boeing is just playing a marketing game without really having anything other than AA hoping for someone to bail them out.

  • Z Diab

    I don’t see how they received 500 orders.  That would have hit the news.  They have an order from AA and the rest is just a marketing gimmick hoping that some airlines will come out and give them some orders.  Boeing is desperate since AA is the only airline that have ordered the 737-MAX.  DL chose to just order the 737-900 and not the 737-MAX and the would have jumped on a 737-MAX if it would have gotten realistic numbers from Boeing.  Looking at these facts it looks more and more that Boeing is just playing a marketing game without really having anything other than AA hoping for someone to bail them out.