Boeing said Southwest Airlines' (SWA) commitment announced Tuesday for 208 737s, including 150 of the Max variant re-engined with CFM International Leap-1B powerplants, represented its largest-ever firm order (both in terms of units and value) and provided a major boost to the Max program, for which SWA will serve as the launch customer (ATW Daily News, Dec. 14). "It truly is Christmas come early," Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh said at a news ...

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