Boeing goes offensive against Airbus

Dhaka,  Mon,  26 June 2017
Published : 19 Jun 2017, 13:47:51
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Boeing goes offensive against Airbus

The US aircraft maker launched a stretched version of the narrow-body passenger jet on Monday at the Paris air show, where thousands of aerospace and aviation executives gathered for several days of hard haggling, networking and plane spotting.

Airbus, which has its headquarters in Toulouse, likes to trump Boeing on aircraft orders at the French show, while the US company boasts it can deliver passenger jets faster to its customers.

Boeing will attempt to upend that routine with the unveiling of its 737 Max 10 jet, by outlining orders from several airlines for more than 100 of the aircraft.

A little longer than its elder sibling, the 737 Max 9, the new aircraft is Boeing’s response to the popularity of Airbus’s A321 Neo narrow-body jet. The A321 Neo’s long range and high fuel efficiency has helped Europe’s largest aerospace group take close to 60 per cent of the high-volume single aisle market.

The 737 Max 10, which could enter service around 2020, will be about the same size as the A321 - meaning it will have up to 230 seats - and is likely to have a roughly similar range to the Airbus jet, says Randy Tinseth, Boeing’s vice-president for commercial aircraft marketing. But it will deliver huge operating savings to airlines, he argues.

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