Wed, Jul 11, 2012
Company Announces Updated Performance Stats For Its Re-Engined Single-Aisle Airplane
Boeing says its re-engined 737 MAX will extend the range advantage already offered by its 737NG airplanes. Speaking at the Farnborough Air Show Monday, Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program, said The 737 MAX models will have the capability to fly more than 3,500 nautical miles, an increase of 400 – 540 nmi over the Next-Generation 737.
"We continue to make steady progress toward our development goals," Wyse said. "We are able to firm up our maximum takeoff weight projections, which allow us to confirm that the 737 MAX will fly farther and offer more revenue potential than its predecessor and its future competitor."
"This will allow our customers the flexibility to open up new markets," said Joe Ozimek, vice president of 737 MAX Product Marketing. "737 customers today enjoy a range advantage over the competition and now they'll have even more benefit with the 737 MAX."
More structurally efficient than the main competition, the 737 MAX also will give customers more revenue potential. "A lower operating empty weight but higher maximum takeoff weight allows customers to increase payload or range of the airplane beyond what the main competition can offer," Ozimek said, adding that a lighter operating weight than the competition also translates into maintenance benefits.
Boeing says these efficiencies translate into an eight percent per-seat operating cost advantage for the 737 MAX 8 over the A320neo."The 737 MAX is a very competitive airplane with strong customer interest," said Ozimek. "We are confident that 2012 will continue to be the year of the MAX with a total of 1,000 firm orders by the end of 2012."
The planemaker says the 737 MAX is on track to enter service in 2017.
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