SEATTLE Jan 12 Boeing Co has begun
offering airlines a stretched version of its new 737 MAX
narrow-body aircraft, according to a report by CNN Money on
Boeing has said it is talking with customers about adding
the bigger plane to its 737 MAX family, which boasts greater
fuel efficiency than current-generation 737s. The first 737 MAX
is due to enter service this year.
The new plane, known as the 737 MAX 10X, would help Boeing
head off the runaway sales of Airbus' A321neo, which can carry
more passengers and fly farther than the 737 MAX 9.
Plane makers typically line up orders from airlines before
deciding whether to formally undertake building a new aircraft.
Boeing declined to confirm the CNN Money report, which cited
three unnamed sources as saying Boeing's board had approved the
decision to sell the plane late last year.
"We are continuing to work through the business case and
talk to customers about a potential 737 MAX 10X," the
Chicago-based plane maker said in a statement on Thursday. "Once
this process is successfully completed, we will be in a position
to share more details."
(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)