Tui Group has become the first European company to confirm an order for Boeing’s latest 737 MAX 10 aircraft.
The travel group is converting 18 out of an existing order for 70 of the 737 MAX family of aircraft to the larger MAX 10.
The first new generation MAX aircraft is due to be delivered to Tui in January 2018.
Along with the 737 MAX, Tui Group has unfilled orders for four 787-9 Dreamliners.
David Burling, member of the executive board responsible for Tui Group airlines, said: “Being the first to fly the new larger 737 MAX 10 in Europe means we’ll be able to take more customers on holiday in the most advanced, most comfortable and most fuel efficient aircraft.
“The continued modernisation of our fleet and the delivery of the new 737 MAX, now including the 737 MAX 10, will support the delivery of Tui’s commitment to reducing the carbon intensity of our operations”.
Tui aims to operate Europe’s most carbon efficient airlines and has committed to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by a further 10% by 2020.
The 737 MAX 10 has more range than today’s 737s and substantial fuel efficiency and economic advantages over heavier competing models, including 5% lower trip cost and 5% lower seat-mile cost.
Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “The 737 MAX 10 will provide Tui with the lowest seat costs of any single-aisle airplane in operation today.
“We are honoured that Tui Group is the first European customer to select the 737 MAX 10 and are confident it will play an integral part in its continued success.”