Boeing has announced at the Farnborough International Airshow a commitment by GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, to purchase 75 737 MAX 8s and 25 737-800s. The manufacturer says it looks forward to working with GECAS to finalize the details... Read more

According to the manufacturer, the progress it has made on design of the Boeing 737 MAX family will allow the models in the new family to fly farther than today’s Boeing 737NG jets and also the MAX family’s main future competitor, the Airbus A320neo family.

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Air Lease Corporation has announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 a firm order for 60 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 15 737 MAX 9 jets, along with reconfirmation rights for 25 additional 737 MAXs.

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With this order, Virgin Australia becomes the first Australian airline to order the new Boeing 737 MAX, while adding to its existing fleet of 68 Boeing 737NG aircraft.

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Boeing aerodynamicists used advanced computational fluid dynamics to combine rake-tip technology with a dual-feather winglet concept into one advanced treatment for the wings of the 737 MAX.

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Boeing has made a series of design decisions to update the 737 MAX design in order to optimize the new-engine 737 variant’s performance, from the time the 737 MAX family enters service in 2017.

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Boeing says the 208-aircraft firm order is the largest in its history both in dollar value, nearly $19 billion at list prices, and in the number of aircraft. The announcement represents the third time in a month that Boeing has announced a new order which it has called the largest in its history.

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Boeing has named its newly launched, re-engined 737 family the 737 MAX and is offering the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 as capacity-equivalents of today’s 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900ER.

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