The Paris Air Show officially gets underway next week and some very cool events have already launched. Along with the show, we can expect more than a few awesome exhibitions from Boeing, Airbus and others. Airplane manufacturers often produce videos in advance of the big week to show off their wares, as Boeing did in 2015 to demonstrate the capabilities of its 787-9 aircraft.
This year, Boeing is back with a eye-popping new video exhibiting some side-by-side precision flying of two of its brand new aircraft: the 787-10 Dreamliner and the 737 MAX 9.
The 737 MAX 9, which rolled out of the factory in March and took to the skies for the first time in April, is the largest 737 variant ever produced by Boeing, measuring 138 feet in length and seating up to 220 passengers. But it looks like a little pipsqueak as it lines up on the tarmac next to its “dash ten” Dreamliner big brother. The 787-10 has been stretched to a length of 224 feet and can accommodate a maximum of 330 passengers; it made its first flight in April as well.
Should you ever find yourself with a 787-10 and a 737 MAX 9 conveniently on hand and consider trying any of these extreme maneuvers on your own — namely the nearly 90-degree vertical take-offs each plane executes — please keep in mind the company’s “do not attempt” fine print disclaimer at the end of the video.
Watching this pair cut through the skies together is an #AvGeek dream, and is just the start of the excitement. We’ll be reporting regularly from the industry’s biggest event over the next few days, so stay tuned to this page and Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig’s Twitter and Instagram accounts for more to come from Le Bourget.