Boeing [NYSE :BA] and the Virgin Australia Group [ASX: VAH] have announced the airline has converted 10 orders for the 737 MAX 8 to the larger and more fuel-efficient MAX 10 variant, expanding its single-aisle fleet, the company said.
Virgin Australia Group said the addition of the 737 MAX 10 will provide additional flexibility and capability to support its network and operations. The Next-Generation 737 has formed the backbone of the Group´s fleet with more than 80 currently in operation.
The MAX 10 is the largest member of the 737 MAX aircraft family. The airplane will offer operators the lowest cost per seat mile of any commercial aircraft and fly 200 nautical miles (370.4 km) farther than today´s Next-Generation 737s. This extended range means that the 737 MAX 10 will be able to cover 99 percent of single-aisle routes around the world.
Virgin Australia joins more than 20 customers who have placed over 500 orders and commitments for the MAX 10. In all, the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane family in Boeing history, having attracted more than 100 customers and nearly 4,700 orders. For more information and feature content, visit www.boeing.com/commercial/737max.
Virgin Australia also uses Boeing Global Services´ digital portfolio to enhance its operations. It employs products and services such as Airplane Health Management, FliteDeck Pro, Optimized Maintenance Program and Maintenance Performance Toolbox to improve operational efficiency. With its headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, the Virgin Australia Group is the country´s second-largest airline with a fleet of more than 130 aircraft.