You’ve probably heard a lot about our studies of a new stretched variant of the 737 MAX. Today at ISTAT Americas in San Diego, I confirmed that Boeing is actively engaged in discussions with customers about the 737 MAX 10X. In fact, we’ve already extended business offers to some of those customers.


Your first look at the 737 MAX 10X.

This airplane would give airlines increased capacity and the lowest seat costs ever for a single-aisle airplane. Simply put, the 737 MAX 10X would be the most profitable single-aisle airplane the industry has ever seen.

So how would it match up against the competition?


Compared to the A321neo, the MAX 10X would offer the same capacity, lower costs (5 percent lower per seat and 5 percent lower per trip) and more range.

This would be a relatively minor development program. The MAX 10X would follow the MAX 200 and MAX 7, with entry into service in the 2020 time frame.

Let’s be clear. The MAX 9 is still an exceptional airplane. The 10X would extend and strengthen the overall MAX family— a family that we’ve designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility, efficiency and commonality. We look forward to our continued discussions with customers.

Comments (6)

Keven Farmer (Oklahoma City, OK, US):

I have been an aviation geek nearly 20 years; since I was 8 years old. I even graduated with a degree in Aviation Management. I have flown on nearly every Boeing product in the sky today including the nearly every 737 aircraft. One thing that comes to mind with today's aircraft is short field performance within the single aisle aircraft market left from the Boeing 757. Based off research I feel it would be much more cost effective to re-engine and modify the 757. You would be able to capitalize on the Dallas/Atlanta/Houston/Miami to Carribean and Latin American markets. On airport that comes to mind is St Thomas USVI which has a 7000 ft runway. It could also be for the European to NorthEast USA markets as well. The 737 seems like with the larger models it's maxed out when it's flying heavier longer distances with the standard wingspans and engines.

Jeffrey Hastings (Whippany, NJ):

Hi Randy. You're likely aware of online forum which is largely down on the 737 MAX10 because it can't take the bigger Leap-A engines the A321NEO uses and comes up short on range and single class capacity (230 vs. 240 passengers). While I think the MAX10 as defined will sell better than the MAX9, I think Boeing should've done the prior proposed 132" stretch instead of only 66" and raised the main landing gear further, even though it would've cost a lot more money. My thinking is that it would have made a far better long term competitor to the A321NEO being able to match or better range and capacity. I know all that really matters is what your customers say but I think as is, the MAX10 will merely replace the 9 in future orders and the MAX program overall will get no more than 40% of the single aisle trunkliner orders vs. 60% or better for the A320NEO family. Given the runaway success of the A321NEO and its LR derivative, I think the bigger, more complex and costly stretch was what Boeing really needed to do to maintain market share parity. I realize the longer MAX10 would also need strengthened wings and other changes but if you really want to match Airbus in this segment, you need to go head to head with the A321NEO. The MAX7 and MAX8/200 are fine as they are.

Todd Raemond (Orlando):

This should be interesting to see the sales versus the A321. Are you using the same engines for the 9?

Randy Tinseth:

Yes indeed, our intention is to use the LEAP-1B.

Randy Tinseth:

Thanks for the comments Jeffrey. Here are a few more thoughts I wanted to share.

Our intention is to stick with the LEAP-1B engine for the 10X. We'd also make changes to the exit doors that would put us to within 15 inches of usable space vs. the A321neo. Under the multiple seating configurations we've discussed with customers, we are plus or minus 3 or 4 seats compared to the A321neo.

Hagop Kazarian (C Montreal, Canada):

Glad to see Beoing is pushing the boundaries of innovation, and going ahead with the MAX 10X. Competition is what makes this industry so fun to work in. Wishing you success as you go head to head against the A321NEO, it's gonna be an interesting battle. Just watch out, our little CSeries might catch up quickly ;-)

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