Boeing Unveils Plans for New Version of 737 Max

Boeing Unveils Plans for New Version of 737 Max

Lockheed Martin is in the final stages of negotiating a $37 billion-plus deal to sell 440 F-35 fighter jets to a group of 11 nations including the United States, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation obsolete and excoriated European allies last month for not spending enough on their own defenses.

Canterbury, director of the U.S. Air Force F-35 Integration Office at the Pentagon, also spoke about recent problems that grounded F-35s at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Since May 2, F-35 pilots on five occasions reported symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, he said.

In another boost for a defence project, French President Emmanuel Macron was due to fly into the show on an Airbus A400M military transporter in his first official engagement since winning a parliamentary majority in elections on Sunday.

The F-35 flew briefly at the Farnborough Air Show a year ago but chose Paris for its worldwide debut acrobatic demonstration.

Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, today announced an order for 20 737 MAX 10s at the Paris Air Show, converting 20 of its current MAX orders to the larger MAX 10. According to Boeing, the 737 MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane ever produced.

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The A320neo range of jets, created to use less fuel than the original and widely-used A320s, have proven popular and are competing with Boeing's 737 Max series.

Meanwhile, China's first large passenger jet, the C919, is competing with the A320 and 737 ranges. The A380plus could carry 80 more passengers and fly slightly farther.

The new wingtips, unveiled on Sunday, would only be put into production if Airbus received "a large order", he said.

Boeing says it has more than 240 orders and commitments from more than 10 customers for the latest addition to the 737 MAX family, which now counts five different variants.

"The 737 MAX 10 extends the competitive advantage of the 737 MAX family and we're honoured that so many customers across the world have embraced the outstanding value it will bring to their fleets".

Macron, trying to raise his global profile, appears to have chosen the A400-M to give a boost of confidence to the long-troubled European military transporter project.

French President Emmanuel Macron (2ndR), French defense minister Sylvie Goulard (2ndL), Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier (R) and French Foreign Affairs minister Jean-Luc Le Drian watch demonstration flights as part of the inauguration of the 52nd Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, June 19, 2017.

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