Macron kicks off Paris Air Show with airborne entrance

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Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air and China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings could also be among the inaugural customers for Boeing's new 737 MAX 10 planes, sources have told Reuters.

Airbus also announced that it's studying a more fuel-efficient version of the superjumbo A380, which has struggled to win a big customer base. The MAX 10 now gives customers the possibility to increase the capacity by another 10 revenue generating seats, which adds several thousand seats of additional capacity compared to the MAX 9.

Speaking on the topic, CEO McAllister said, "We are working very closely with a large number of customers, with offers on the table ..."

Macron, who wants France to become more tech-savvy and comes off a big electoral win, tried on a virtual reality headset, and checked out Airbus satellites, a drone created to inspect planes and a turbo-generator for hybrid-energy jets.

The airline added that the 737 MAX 10 will be the most profitable single-aisle airplane, offering the lowest seat costs.

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Although both Airbus and Boeing seemed to enjoy grabbing their fair share of yesterday's order value, an global air show as prominent as Paris virtually always highlights friction between the companies.

Like Boeing's other 737 MAX models, the MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Boeing claims the Boeing 737 MAX 10 will be 5% more efficient than its nearest competitor, which would be the Airbus A321neo.

That would be the biggest deal yet for the stealth warplane, which is making its Paris debut this week.

SpiceJet is scheduled to take the delivery of its first 737 MAX in 2018.

US servicemen gather next to a F-35 Lightning II at Paris Air Show, on the eve of its opening, in Le Bourget, east of Paris, France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. While Boeing and Airbus, for obvious reasons do not agree on the economics of the Boeing 737 MAX 10 versus the Airbus A321neo, the fact that Boeing does have somewhat of a reply to the Airbus A321neo can only benefit Boeing. With the MAX 10, first teased in March by Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales boss Randy Tinseth, the company has certainly closed the gap. "It may be flawless inside the USA, but not for us".

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