Boeing has very quietly debuted its brand new 737 MAX 10 at at the company’s Renton, Washington factory, today, Friday morning.
The new MAX 10 rollout ceremony was held in front of thousands of Boeing employees to highlight the team’s accomplishments and to recognize their efforts in completing production of the newest member of the 737 MAX family.
The 737 MAX 10, the largest variant of the MAX family, can seat up to 230 passengers and offers the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane ever produced.
Boeing rolled out its first 737 aircraft in 1965, and ten years ago, they were considered replacing the 737 with an all new airplane after rolling out the 787.
However, in 2010, its rival, Airbus unveiled its A320neo, which is the most powerful and efficient version of its popular single-aisle airplane at that time.
The A320neo became popular and orders began to pour in for Airbus. This forced Boeing to come out with a solution and Boeing opted to upgrade the 737 rather than waiting to design all new airplane. Boeing rushed and improved the 737 by adding more powerful engines, new split wings, and other minor changes to create 737 Max series.
The Max series comes in three versions of MAX 8, -9, and -10.
MAX 10 is the largest version of MAX series, with the length of 43.8 m, Wingspan 35.9 m and powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines,
The 737 Max 10 will next go through system checks and engine tests, before its expected first flight in 2020.
Boeing has 550 firm orders and commitments for the Max 10 from 20 customers.