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Boeing reaches 2,000 mark for 737 Max orders

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.

Boeing has received more than 2,000 orders for its 737 Max single-aisle airplane, an upgraded version of its popular 737, the company said Tuesday.

Boeing achieved the milestone with an order from an unidentified customer for 30 planes.

That brings the total number of orders for the 737 Max to 2,010 from 39 customers, according to Boeing.

The orders are worth $209 billion at list prices. Boeing also has commitments for more than 250 additional planes.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the 737’s fuselage and pylons and will build the structures for the 737 Max as well.

The pace of orders has been faster than any other Boeing airplane in history, the company said.

The demand is fueled by air traffic growth and the need for more fuel-efficient airplanes, it said.

It’s a remarkable achievement, Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s 737 Max program, said in a statement.

“Since its first order, the 737 MAX has received more than 50 percent of the new orders versus its direct competition, proving the value this airplane offers to our customers,” Leverkuhn said.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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