For all its fuel-efficient, re-engined appeal, Boeing has a 737 Max problem. In short, the biggest Max 9 variant is being outsold five-to-one by the Airbus A321neo, which carries about 20 more passengers. This sales gap at the top end of the range has Boeing considering a re-re-engining and a longer aircraft – but while the nearly 50-year-old 737 airframe may have one more stretch left to give, the challenge would stretch Boeing’s engineers – to the max.
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