Launched in June 2017, the 737 MAX 10 was long considered a Boeing strategy just to minimize customer losses for the Airbus A321neo.
However, with the breakdown of orders revealed by the planemaker this week, it became known that the largest 737 in history owns a very large backlog of orders, approaching a thousand aircraft.
According to Boeing, there are 918 orders for the 737-10, as it is also called, but of these only 810 are considered firm. It is much less than the A321neo, which has more than 5,200 orders, however, the most successful Airbus jet has been on the market since 2010 and entered service in 2017.
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It is no wonder that Boeing is so committed to solving the problems that prevent the certification of the MAX 7 and consequently the MAX 10.
While the smallest 737 MAX has only 297 firm orders, the MAX 10 is an aircraft much awaited by its customers, due to its capacity for up to 230 passengers, while still maintaining a good range of 3,100 nautical miles (5,740 km).
Lower cost per seat
Performance is no match for the A321neo, which in addition to carrying more passengers, can fly further.
Airbus also has an advantage because it has long-range variants capable of replacing widebodies. The best example is the A321XLR, which Airbus says will have a 4,700 nautical mile (8,700 km) range carrying up to 240 passengers.
Even the A321LR variant, already in service, does more: it can fly 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km) too with more space available.
Even so, the 737 MAX 10 proved to be a sure shot in enabling Boeing to offer a more capable commercial jet within the numerous 737 family, despite the six-year wait for its entry into service.
For customers such as Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines and the Brazilian airline Gol, it is an important complement on routes with high demand, offering a lower cost per seat.
It remains, however, for Boeing to obtain the type certification of the aircraft from the FAA (US civil aviation agency), which was expected for 2024. Despite this, more delays have affected the schedule, which may push the debut from the 737-10 to 2025.