Boe­ing in bid to boost new 737

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

BOE­ING is in talks with United Air­lines and at least five other com­pa­nies as the US plane­maker tries to line up ini­tial cus­tomers for its 737 Max 10 jet­liner and gain ground on a fast-sell­ing Air­bus SE model, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said. The ros­ter of po­ten­tial buy­ers of the largest-ever 737, which is ex­pected to launch this month, spans the globe. Ini­tial sales prospects in­clude In­done­sia’s Lion Men­tari Air­lines, the air­craft-leas­ing arm of China’s de­vel­op­ment bank, Jet Air­ways In­dia, SpiceJet and Copa Hold­ings SA, said the peo­ple, who asked not to be named be­cause they weren’t au­tho­rised to speak pub­licly about the ne­go­ti­a­tions. The US man­u­fac­turer is seek­ing a groundswell of or­ders to demon­strate the Max 10’s mar­ket ap­peal and strike back at the A321­neo. – Bloomberg

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