Boeing 737 MAX 10 proves to be a good competitor for the A321neo

Breakdown of orders revealed by the manufacturer shows that the aircraft for up to 230 seats had 1,180 orders so far. Largest jet in the A320neo family has 6,170 units on order but has been on the market longer

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, 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 1,180 orders for the 737-10, as it is also called, but of these only 1,063 are considered firm orders. It is much less than the A321neo, which has more than 6,170 orders, however, the most successful Airbus jet has been on the market since 2010 and entered service in 2017.

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 391 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).

Airbus A321XLR (Ricardo Meier)

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.

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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.

However, it remains for Boeing to obtain the aircraft’s type certification from the FAA (US civil aviation agency), which was scheduled for 2024. Despite this, further delays affected the schedule, which could push the debut of the 737- 10 for 2025.










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