Posted on: 29 August 2018 by Mark Howells
The Virgin Australia Group has converted 10 orders for Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 single-aisle aircraft to the larger MAX 10 variant.
The airline is adding the largest member of the MAX family to its growing single-aisle fleet, saying it saw the value of adding the MAX 10 to the mix as the aircraft will provide additional capacity and flexibility.
Virgin Australia Group chief financial officer, Geoff Smith, said, “We are pleased to be welcoming the 737 MAX 10 aircraft into our expanding fleet in 2022. The addition of the 737 MAX 10 will provide us with additional flexibility and capability to support our network and operations. We are proud to become Australia’s first operator of the 737 MAX and we look forward to the opportunities that operating this type of aircraft will open up to us.”
Brisbane-headquartered Virgin Australia Group is the country’s second-largest airline with a fleet of more than 130 aircraft. It currently has more than 80 B737NGs in operation.
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice-president of commercial sales and marketing at Boeing, said: “We are excited to expand our partnership with the Virgin Australia Group as they look to introduce the 737 MAX 10 into their world-class fleet. The MAX 10 will provide the airline with added capabilities, especially with the extended range and efficiency, to better support their fleet and network.”
The MAX 10 can fly 200 nautical miles (370.4 km) farther than today’s Next-Generation 737s, says Boeing, meaning it will be able to cover 99% of single-aisle routes around the world.
Written by: Mark Thomas