| SYDNEY, April 13
SYDNEY, April 13 Boeing Co could begin
delivering the 737 MAX 10X aircraft in 2020 if airlines start
ordering the largest version of its 737 MAX family this year, a
senior executive of the aeroplane manufacturer said on Thursday.
The comments from Boeing 737 MAX chief project engineer and
deputy program manager Michael Teal came as the smaller 737 MAX
9 completed its first airport taxi test in Seattle on Wednesday.
That aircraft will make its first test flight in Seattle on
Thursday, weather permitting, he said.
Boeing began marketing the 737 MAX 10X as an option to
customers this year but has yet to receive any orders for the
fuel-efficient single-aisle jetliner, which competes against the
popular Airbus SE A321neo.
Teal said the design of the 737 MAX 10X would be firmed up
by the end of this year and customers could receive the aircraft
in 2020 depending on orders.
"We'll determine (the delivery date) when we launch that
program when the customers show the interest and they buy the
airplane," he said on a conference call with reporters. "Sales
teams are out meeting with customers today."
He did not specify at what date deliveries by 2020 would
become unlikely if orders were not received.
Boeing in March said it had approached India's SpiceJet Ltd
and Jet Airways Ltd as it gauged interest in
However, the heads of two major aircraft leasing companies
have said the MAX 10X holds no particular attraction for their
customers and would eat into rentals of other MAX models.
The 737 MAX 10X has a body 66 inches (167 centimetres)
longer than the second-largest family member, the 737 MAX 9, and
adds 12 seats. It will require longer landing gear as a result.
Teal said the landing gear were still in the development
stage, with several concepts in prototype testing.
"We won't hit the firm configuration on the gear and really
the complete airplane until the end of this year," he said. "All
of the development tests are proving positive and we are well on
our way to firming up that configuration and moving forward into
The first 737 MAX 9 customer delivery is expected next year,
while the first 737 MAX 8 should be delivered next month, Teal
(Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Christopher Cushing)