Boeing, Ryanair finalize order for 10 additional 737 MAXs

787-10 First Flight

Boeing secured twice as much in order value at the Paris Air Show as rival Airbus, marking the USA plane-maker's first victory in five years at the aviation industry's annual showcase.

Gerry Laderman, a senior executive at United, said the MAX 10 had "the best economics of the family", in a boost for a plane Boeing created to plug a gap in its range at the top end of the market for single-aisle jets after runaway sales of Airbus' A321neo.

Airbus also benefited from 73 orders from Iranian carriers Zagros Airlines and IranAir Tours.

The announcement converts 10 of the national airline's current 737 MAXs on order to the newest version of the 737 MAX family.

The haul of about US$83 billion in deals easily surpassed the US$50 billion signed at last year's show in Farnborough, England, which was the lowest figure since 2010.

Leahy said he had expected the new Boeing plane to make more of a splash.

"This order is yet another endorsement for the 737 MAX from one of our African customers", said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Boeing also sold 125 MAX 8s to one customer, and another customer switched orders for 15 MAX 8s to MAX 10s.

"We have 1.3 billion people in our country, they need to travel to different parts of the world and they don't necessarily need to travel through the hubs that have been created by several airlines on both sides of our country", SpiceJet CEO Ajay Singh told CNN.

Boeing holds its end-of-show press conference at 1000 GMT. Aviation professionals and spectators are expected at this week's Paris Air Show, com.

"Due to the long-term success we've had operating the Next-Generation 737, we had placed a sizable order of 737 MAX aircraft for our future, and the 737 MAX 10 provides additional flexibility for certain segments of our network", said Ahmad Zamany, Copa Airlines Vice President of Technical Operations.

"The 747-8 isn't selling, so they would say that".

By late afternoon Boeing had one firm order, Airbus had signed for two, while the rest of the world's airframers on hand in Paris fell nearly quiet in terms of commercial announcements.

Airbus immediately responded Monday with an order for 100 of its popular A320neo planes from leasing firm GECAS.

The company scrambled to put together the Max 10 in response to the demand from airlines for more fuel-efficient planes carrying more passengers.

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