PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) - Boeing has received strong interest in a potential new member of its best-selling 737 aircraft range, the planemaker’s new commercial chief said on Sunday.
Boeing is widely expected to launch the 190-230-seat 737 MAX 10 at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday, adding a larger new variant to its narrowbody medium-haul family.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Kevin McAllister said the U.S. planemaker hopes to conclude a three-year study of a gap between narrowbody and wide-body jets soon, but declined to say when it might take the next steps towards launching a possible new ‘mid-market’ aircraft family.
Speaking ahead of the June 19-25 air show, McAllister, a former General Electric executive picked last November to run Boeing’s commercial business, also stressed the potential of new digital technologies in production and aftermarket services and urged continued efforts on efficiency from suppliers. (Reporting by Tim Hepher)