The Boeing 737 MAX program surpassed a milestone 2,000 orders this week. The 737 MAX is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing’s history. A broad base of elite customers has selected the 737 MAX including leasing companies, traditional and low-cost carriers.
“We have a lot of faith in Boeing and the 737 MAX, especially since this will be the narrowbody aircraft of the future for United Airlines,” said United’s Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur.
Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, credits the 737 MAX team with designing a configuration for the airplane that will meet the needs of MAX customers well into the future. “This happened because the team is the best team in being able to recognize what the airplane is capable of doing as well as what we are capable of doing in terms of bringing the schedule to the left and continuing to elevate the performance of the airplane.”
Last year, program officials announced at the Paris Air Show that deliveries of the 737 MAX will begin in the third quarter of 2017, one quarter earlier than previously announced. Also, last year, the fuel-efficiency projections for the new airplane were increased by another 1 percent, now offering customers a 14 percent more efficient airplane than the most efficient Next-Generation 737s flying today and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s.
The unprecedented demand for the airplane is being fueled by air traffic growth and the need for more fuel efficient airplanes according to Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“We project a market for 25,000 airplanes needed in this space in the next 20 years so the competition has just begun.”