Boeing still studying larger 737 Max 10 to enter service after 2019
By Conor Humphries
Seattle (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote) is still studying whether to build a larger version of its best-selling 737 aircraft to counter runaway sales by rival Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote) of a large version of its competing plane, a senior executive said.
The company has not made a decision yet to build the larger jet, dubbed the 737 MAX 10, said Michael Teal, vice president and chief project engineer of the 737 MAX program.
"We're looking at various alternatives ... different varieties of engines, fuselage length," Teal said in an interview at Boeing's 737 production facility in Renton, Washington on Tuesday evening.
"It is being studied and it's just a determination if we find the right solution for the customer and the timing and how much change we would have to do to make that work," he said.
The Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote) A321neo can hold up to 240 passengers, compared with a maximum of 220 on the planned 737 MAX 9.
The MAX 10 would be developed after its other MAX variants. It would enter service after the smallest version, the MAX 7, comes out in 2019, Teal said.
Boeing is studying a wide range of options for the larger planes, including using the engines designed for a single-aisle plane being developed by China's COMAC.
Boeing already has decided to enlarge the MAX 7, adding 12 seats. The MAX 7 will have a range of around 3,500 to 3,600 nautical miles, longer than the MAX 8, he said. Continued...