Big order of Delta Air Lines for Boeing’s 737 Max 10 plane

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Atlanta-based is buying 100 Boeing 737 Max 10 planes with options for more 30 planes in the same conditions. Deliveries are slated to begin in 2025. The company made the announcement at the Farnborough Airshow. The order is worth $13.5 billion at list prices but discounts are common, especially for large sales. Boeing shares were up 4% in premarket trading in New York on the announcement. Delta said Monday that the order will modernize its narrow-body fleet. With the new order, Delta’s Boeing 737 fleet will expand to more than 300 total aircraft and will be its second-largest fleet family behind the Airbus (AIR.PA) A320. Delta will configure the plane with 182 seats: 129 in standard economy, 33 in Comfort+ with extra legroom and 20 in first class.

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“This is a huge testament to the value of the MAX,” said Boeing senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir at a signing event. “What an endorsement from a world-class airline.” Delta had extensive discussions with Boeing before it agreed to the deal. “It took us a long time getting here,” Delta senior vice president Mahendra Nair said. The MAX 10 aircraft will be 20%-30% more fuel efficient than the retiring Delta planes. The aircraft’s cockpit design, common with earlier 737 models, was a selling point for the jet.