Boeing seems well on its way to unveiling the redesigned 737, dubbed the 737 MAX. Now that they have the basic design finalized, Boeing's engineer will begin ironing out the aircraft's finer details.
What's different about the new 737 is its fuel consumption. Gone are the days of four-engine jumbo jet awesomeness. With fuel prices ever on the rise, airlines needed a narrow-bodied airliner that gets better fuel economy than the jets in their current fleets. The 737 MAX weighs less than its predecessor, uses new CFM LEAP-1B engines, and benefits from improved aerodynamics.
The 737 MAX is scheduled to debut sometime in the middle of next year. ALAFCO, Alaska Airlines, Air Lease Corporation, Avolon, GECAS, GOL Airlines, Lion Air, Norwegian, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Australia already ordered a total of 878 of the new jets, and American Airlines will probably scoop up another 100.
I'd be willing to bet that lower fuel consumption won't mean lower ticket prices, but will keep them from being too outrageously expensive in the future. Progress for the status quo.
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