So it’s just been announced that IAG have announced their intent to purchase 200 B737 Max aircraft, this is not surprising given Willie Walsh has been in discussion with Airbus and Boeing but the result is certainly surprising given there is very low consumer confidence in the product and given the aircraft hasn’t really been proven properly due to these groundings. Furthermore all airline on the IAG Group utilise A320 family Aircraft for their short haul fleet so this order means one or more airlines will be switching over to a Boeing 737 short haul fleet or a mixed. Right now it appears that Vueling could possibly move over to a B737 only fleet but it’d not clear this is the case as of yet.
The orders are for a mix of B737 Max 8 and Max 10 agreement, subject to the formal agreement IAG could have B737 Max aircraft with deliveries beginning in 2023. This is likely a point in which some of the older A320 aircraft would begin retirement so it’s a real possibility we could see BA with B737’s once again.
Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) Tweeted:
Thank you International Airlines Group for your trust and confidence in the 737 MAX and the people of Boeing: IAG Announces Intent to Buy 200 Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes. #PAS19
One further thing to note is that Boeing also signed an agreement with IAG to support their Airbus aircraft, yes that’s correct. Boeing will offer parts and support for rival manufacturers aircraft. Certainly a weird thing.
In conclusion, let me know your thoughts, do you agree with this or not? I personally don’t but IAG at this point care about cost and the MAX will likely have huge discounts right now.