Boeing in talks for more 737 MAX orders after IAG

FILE PHOTO: Visitors talk on the Boeing stand during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin Airport in Geneva, Switzerland May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – Boeing is in talks with other airlines for sales of its grounded 737 MAX after receiving a ‘humbling’ 200-plane letter of intent from British Airways owner IAG at the Paris Airshow, its sales chief said on Thursday.

Senior vice president Ihssane Mounir also dismissed the launch of a longer-range single-aisle jet by rival Airbus as suitable for only a “sliver” of the market that Boeing hopes to address with a possible all-new mid-market plane.

He declined to comment on the timing of Boeing’s own mid-market plane and said returning the grounded 737 MAX to service was its top priority.

Reporting by Eric M. Johnson, editing by Tim Hepher

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