Macron kicks off Paris Air Show with airborne entrance

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

That raised questions among Wall Street and airlines about whether Boeing is stretching its workhorse jet too far to compete with Airbus.

The US and European aviation giants invariable seek to outdo each other by announcing big deals at the show.

It is expected to draw around 150,000 industry professionals from 2,370 companies.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Kevin McAllister said the US planemaker hopes to conclude a three-year study of a gap between narrowbody and wide-body jets soon, but declined to say when it might take the next steps towards launching a possible new "mid-market" aircraft family.

The 190-230-seat Boeing 737 MAX 10 is created to plug a gap at the top end of Boeing's single-aisle range after strong sales of the competing Airbus A321neo.

"Simply put, the 737 MAX 10X would be the most profitable single-aisle airplane the industry has ever seen", he wrote in a blog entry.

Coming up next from Boeing is the 737 Max 10 which is to match that capacity, while also being lighter and cheaper, the plane maker has said.

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Boeing is in talks with other companies including United Airlines for the Max 10, Bloomberg News reported last week. Low-priced airlines are eyeing the aircraft to break into transatlantic routes.

He said: 'The Max 10 is essentially the same size as the A321 but has about 5 per cent better operating costs per seat so it's a very attractive airplane.

The plane will also get taller landing gear to help resolve balance and tail-skid issues that cropped up with the 737-900ER, Keith Leverkuhn, general manager of the Max program, said in an interview at the show site at Le Bourget Airport on Sunday.

But he said questions remain over to what extent that demand would be met by four-engined jets like the A380 or big twinjets closer to 400 seats, like the Boeing 777-9 and Airbus A350-1000.

Airbus said earlier this month that it expects the market for large passenger planes to more than double in the next 20 years driven by growth from Asian markets.

Around 200,000 regular visitors are expected at the Paris Air Show this year, many of whom will come especially for spectacular displays of supersonic military hardware as fast combat planes break the sound barrier.

The star of the show will likely be the cutting-edge F-35 stealth jet fighter.

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