Why the wholesale sales of Boeing Max planes despite the crashes? –
Airlines have once again returned to bulk buying Boeing Max planes around the world despite crashes that claimed the lives of hundreds of passengers on board.
The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi. It was the second 737 Max disaster six months after a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing 189 people.
Boeing had acknowledged full responsibility for the second crash of its 737 Max model in Ethiopia in a legal agreement with the families of the 157 victims.
The Max was cleared to fly again in late 2020 after Boeing changed the plane, including MCAS, the flight control system that caused the crashes.
It’s been 19 months since Boeing’s 737 Max was cleared to start carrying passengers again, but some families who lost loved ones in two fatal plane crashes say they are still worried about its safety.
Despite these lingering concerns, airlines are buying this same type of aircraft wholesale.
Delta Air Lines is buying 100 Boeing 737 Max 10 planes, its first major order for new planes from the American manufacturer in more than a decade.
The agreement includes options for another 30 aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2025.
The new order is good news for Boeing as Airbus recently won top sales, including several Chinese state-owned airlines. Boeing lamented trade tensions when announcing the order.
The order is worth $13.5 billion at list prices, but discounts are typical, especially for big sales. Delta did not disclose the amount paid, but said the sale would not change its latest capital expenditure guidance.
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Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of a Boeing 737 Max in June. It is the first time Ethiopian has flown a 737 Max since the March 2019 crash that killed all 157 people on board and led to the plane being grounded for 20 months.
Airline group IAG recently revealed that it has placed a firm order for the Boeing 737 MAX. The group, which owns British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL, has ordered 50 Boeing 737 MAXs for delivery between 2023 and 2027.
Additionally, there are options for another 100 aircraft.
This becomes interesting when we look at the distribution of orders. Twenty-five of the firm orders are for the MAX 10, which is still undergoing certification. The other 25 firm orders are for the Boeing 737 MAX 8-200. This large capacity version of the 737 MAX 8 can carry more passengers thanks to an additional emergency exit. Boeing had targeted this aircraft at low-cost carriers, creating it primarily for Ryanair.
Why the rush for these planes?
The 737 MAX remains the most technically advanced 737 Boeing has ever produced. The 737 MAX features updated, fuel-efficient engines and a modern cockpit design. Its LEAP-1B engines offer much better fuel efficiency.
Boeing seems to have learned from its mistakes. While the planes were grounded, aircraft manufacturers updated the plane with the latest FAA-approved cockpit software, rewired the plane, opened and inspected fuel tanks, and checked fluids, tires , avionics and engines.
Boeing cleaned each plane, running the engines periodically to power the batteries and circulating the air in the cabin every four days.
United test pilots have conducted several test flights of our 737 MAX aircraft. They conducted end-to-end reviews that included system checks and data readouts from its operations staff and technicians, combined with feedback from 737 MAX test pilots.
All United pilots scheduled to fly the 737 MAX will complete FAA-approved training to learn how the updated software will affect flight controls and practice reacting to scenarios they may encounter in the sky.
Training includes computer-based instruction, hands-on training in a full flight simulator, systems briefing, checklist and quick reference manual.
Boeing has the latest innovation in its Max family, Max 10, which incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large cockpit displays and other enhancements to deliver the most great efficiency.