airchiveFARNBOROUGH, UK: Boeing announced on Sunday that it would be expanding the capacity of its 737 MAX 8 to 200 seats, up from the previous 189. The change would leapfrog its nearest competitor, the Airbus A320neo, by eleven seats and open up a fresh capacity gap between the two.
The addition will be accomplished, says Boeing, by adding an additional set of exit doors in the rear third of the aircraft. Furthermore, seat pitch will be reduced to 29 inches per seat. The company says the change will increase fuel efficiency per seat-mile by twenty percent over today’s 737 Next Generation 800. Boeing declined to provide further comment.