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Mon, 3 Sept 2018

Virgin Australia Converts Ten MAX 8s to Larger MAX 10 Model

Virgin Australia has converted ten orders for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 for the larger MAX 10 variant.

The airline, which has a number of 737 MAX 8s on order, said it saw the value of adding the MAX 10 to the mix as the aircraft will provide additional capacity and flexibility.

Virgin Australia Group Chief Financial Officer, Geoff Smith, said, "We are pleased to be welcoming the 737 MAX 10 aircraft into our expanding fleet in 2022. The addition of the 737 MAX 10 will provide us with additional flexibility and capability to support our network and operations. We are proud to become Australia's first operator of the 737 MAX and we look forward to the opportunities that operating this type of aircraft will open up to us."

Virgin Australia Boeing 737 MAX 10. Click to enlarge.

With its headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, the Virgin Australia Group is the country's second-largest airline with a fleet of more than 130 aircraft. The Next-Generation 737 has formed the backbone of the group's fleet with more than 80 currently in operation.

"We are excited to expand our partnership with the Virgin Australia Group as they look to introduce the 737 MAX 10 in to their world-class fleet," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Boeing. "The MAX 10 will provide the airline with added capabilities, especially with the extended range and efficiency, to better support their fleet and network."

The MAX 10 is the largest member of the 737 MAX aircraft family. The airplane will fly 400 nautical miles (370.4 km) farther than today's Next-Generation 737s. This extended range means that the 737 MAX 10 will be able to cover 99% of single-aisle routes around the world.

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