Boeing is asking Delta and other airlines to take 737 MAXs
(Delta Boeing 737 MAX 8 concept)
Boeing is reportedly asking Delta Air Lines and other airlines to take “white tail” 737 MAXs.
“White tail” 737 MAXs are ones painted white, waiting for a livery, or need a new livery because a customer has cancelled their 737 MAX order.
According to Reuters, Boeing has approached Delta to “take” 40 of these 737 MAXs that need a new operator.
- Note the word “take” in this situation. Does this mean Boeing is basically handing over MAXs to Delta and these airlines? Or is Boeing planning to offer an inexpensive and flexible deal just to offload these 737 MAXs?
So far, over 440 Boeing 737 MAXs have been firmly cancelled while over 900 have been removed from the backlog. Unless Boeing can find new orders for these aircraft, they’ll be sitting in storage for an extended period of time.
The Air Current previously reported Boeing has been attempting to strike a deal with Delta. Boeing would essentially help Delta end Boeing 717 leases early in exchange for 737 MAXs.
Delta 737 MAX concept credits: https://www.instagram.com/avliverys/
With Delta now set to retire the Boeing 717 early in 2025, could we see Boeing succeed in having Delta purchase the 737 MAX in exchange for terminating 717 leases early?
Also, for those of you thinking Delta is planning to have an all-Airbus fleet, this may not happen. While Delta is set to have a pure widebody Airbus fleet by 2025, their narrowbody fleet will likely have around 100 Boeing 737-900ERs in 2030 as some are just 2-3 years old.