The new single-aisle order trend is tipping toward the 737 MAX, which since its first order has claimed more than 50 percent of new single-aisle orders placed versus the neo.
The airplane is proving to be popular not only with current 737 customers, but with new customers as well. Today, Air Canada finalized an order for 61 737 MAXs, bringing total MAX orders to 1,934.
Thanks to Air Canada for their 737 MAX order.
Air Canada has invested in 33 MAX 8s and 28 MAX 9s to replace its current all Airbus single-aisle fleet. While we often talk about the advantages of the 737 MAX 8, because it lies in the heart of the single-aisle market, this investment by our customer points to the value the MAX 9 offers.
Carrying 31 more seats than the 737 MAX 8 in a single-class configuration, the MAX 9 offers the best fuel efficiency per seat and lowest seat-mile cost in the family. In comparing it in a two-class configuration to the A321neo, the 737 MAX 9 is 6 percent lighter and costs 7 percent less to operate per trip no matter how far you fly, thus providing the most cost efficient option to the marketplace.
The 737 MAX 9.
Other customers like Aeromexico, Alaska, Icelandair, United, Lion Air, Turkish, TUI and lessors such as ALC, ACG and Avolon have also invested in the value the MAX 9 can bring to their fleet. To date, 12 customers have placed a total of 281 MAX 9 orders. And we expect this number to continue to grow as customers exercise options and conversion rights and new customers order the airplane.
Going forward, we expect the new single-aisle order trend to continue toward the MAX.