LOS ANGELES An order for
60 of Boeing Co.s new 737 MAX airliners has pushed the
number of orders for the newest version of the companys
bestselling aircraft to more than 1,000.
Boeing said this week that an
order from Aviation Capital Group (ACG), a Newport Beach,
Calif.-based leasing company, for 50 MAX 8s and 10 MAX 9s is
worth $6 billion at current list prices, although it
didnt disclose a negotiated price.
The order put the number of
orders for the MAX to 1,029, Chicago-based Boeing said.
The MAX, whose design was
finalized in November, is a more fuel-efficient, re-engined
version of the 737, which is due to enter service in 2017 as
the successor to the current 737 NG (next generation). The MAX
will be powered by engines produced by CFM International, a
joint venture of U.S. engine builder General Electric Co. and
the Snecma division of Frances Safran SA.
Boeings chief rival in the
single-aisle market is the re-engined Airbus A320neo, with
1,650 orders, which is set to begin service in 2015.
Boeing is currently building the
737 NG at a rate of 35 aircraft per month, which is due to rise
to 38 per month in the second quarter of this year and 42 per
month in 2014. Company officials suggested late last year that,
with construction of a third production line at the
planes final assembly plant in Renton, Wash., it could
eventually boost the monthly rate above 42.