The much-awaited order for 100 MAX 10 aircraft is valued at about $13.5 billion at list prices. This is the first major order for Boeing from the Atlanta-based carrier in more than a decade. Deliveries of the MAX-10 jets will begin in 2025.
“The Boeing 737-10 will be an important addition to Delta’s fleet as we shape a more sustainable future for air travel, with an elevated customer experience, improved fuel efficiency and best-in-class performance. These new aircraft provide superior operating economics and network flexibility, and the agreement reflects our prudent approach to deploying our capital.”Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer
Delta was the only one of the top four U.S. carriers that hadn’t ordered new jets from the U.S. manufacturer in recent years. Most of its new orders in recent years came from Airbus.
“We are proud that Delta is renewing its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX, Boeing’s most fuel-efficient family of airplanes. Built in our factory in Washington state…the 737-10 will provide Delta with the best economics to carry more passengers across its short and medium-haul routes.”Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Delta’s Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets will be powered by the next-generation LEAP-1B engines manufactured by CFM International. According to Delta, almost one-third of the MAX’s 182 seats will be premium seating, with 20 customers in First Class, 33 in Delta Comfort+ and 129 in Main Cabin.
The U.S. manufacturer faces a December deadline to win approval for the MAX 10 aircraft. Otherwise, it must meet new cockpit alerting requirements under a 2020 law. However, in a briefing ahead of the Farnborough Airshow’s opening day, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal said he thinks that Boeing will win the approval by the end of this year.
“I feel confident about getting through this as we approach the end of the year. If it takes a little more time, we’re going to go back to Congress and ask for that time.”
Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Commenting on the same, Delta said that in case of delay in certification, “the agreement has adequate protection in place, including allowing Delta to shift to another model of the MAX family if necessary.”
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