Following Southwest’s announcement that it had signed a firm order for 150 737Max aircraft, Boeing was brimming with confidence that it will split the narrrowbody market between the Max and the Neo. Speaking at the Reuters Manufacturing and Transportation Summit yesterday, Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: “We will have 1,300 to 1,400 firm orders by this time next year, certainly.” Now that the design of the new 737 version has been finalized, based on the enduring popularity of the 737NG, Boeing has a right to be so confident. It has commitments for more than 900 airplanes

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