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14 March, 2024

Boeing's records of who worked on the doorplug that blew off an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX jet deleted

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy has written a letter to a Senate committee that is investigating the Alaska Airlines 737 MAX doorplug blow out on 5th January, informing them of Boeing's lack of records.

Homendy stated that the NTSB doesn’t know who worked on the panel that blew off a 737 MAX 9 because Boeing’s CEO told her that he couldn’t provide the information because the company has no records about the job.  “The absence of those records will complicate the NTSB’s investigation moving forward,”

Homendy told senators last week that the NTSB asked Boeing for security camera footage that might help identify who worked on the panel in September, but was told the video was overwritten after 30 days — months before the blowout. Boeing delayed weeks before providing the names of 25 employees that work on doors at the manufacturer's Seattle facility, only handing over the information after Homendy had started giving her statement.  

Former Boeing whistleblower found dead

Police are still investigating the death of a former Boeing employee and whistleblower, John Barnett. Initial reports indicated that Barnett had died from what appeared to be "self-inflicted" gunshot wounds on 9th March.  

12 March, 2024

United turning its back on Boeing's 737 MAX 10 jets.

737 MAX 9
United Airlines has told Boeing to stop making the 737 MAX 10s the U.S. mega-carrier ordered from the manufacturer, as it moves away from those aircraft and heads for the MAX 9 variant.

Bloomberg has reported that United's CEO Scott Kirby made the revelation at the JPMorgan conference.  "We’ve asked Boeing to stop building Max 10s, which they’ve done, for us and start building Max 9s. - It’s impossible to say when the Max 10 is going to get certified."

Kirby continued:  "We are in the market for A321s, and if we get a deal where the economics work, we’ll do something," however, there was no guarantee a deal could be struck with Airbus.  "If we don’t, we won’t and will wind up with more Max 9s." 

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04 March, 2024

American Airlines has placed an order for 85 Boeing 737 MAX jets.

American Airlines orders Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets
Boeing is celebrating a new order from American Airlines for its troubled 737 MAX jets, just at a time when the manufacturer needs some good news. 

It was confirmed today, that the U.S. mega-carrier is amending a previous order for 737 MAX 8 planes to the bigger version of the type the MAX 10. Plus it is further ordering 85 aircraft, with an option for another 75 MAX 10 jets.  

"Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernize and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among U.S. network carriers," said American's CEO Robert Isom. "These orders will continue to fuel our fleet with newer, more efficient aircraft so we can continue to deliver the best network and record-setting operational reliability for our customers."

The Boeing 737 MAX 10 can carry up to 230 passengers and is said to offer a range of up to 3,100 nautical miles with a full load. 

The whole MAX programme has been beset with problems since its inception and maiden flight back on 29th January 2016. Two fatal crashes of this type - Lion Air Flight 610 in late 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in early 2019, took the lives of 346 leading to a worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX jets.  More recently, loose and missing bolts on door plugs have been found after urgent inspections were carried out after an Alaska Airlines' jet suffered a major blowout mid-flight. The programme has also suffered from issues relating to fuel tank debris, wing spur cracks, misaligned holes, fuselage quality issues and supply chain delays are all taking their toll. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that an audit into Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems regarding the 737 MAX programme found multiple instances where the companies allegedly failed to comply with manufacturing quality control requirements. There were "non-compliance issues in Boeing’s manufacturing process control, parts handling and storage, and product control."

Last week, the FAA ordered Boeing to develop and present a comprehensive plan to address "systemic quality-control issues within 90 days.  

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26 February, 2024

Ryanair may have to cut summer flights due to further Boeing delays

Ryanair may have to cut summer flights due to further Boeing delays, reports Joanna Plucinska of Reuters. 

Ryanair will receive even fewer Boeing aircraft by the end of June than previously expected, CEO Michael O'Leary said on Friday, potentially causing the budget carrier to cut its summer schedule at the busiest time of the year.

The Dublin-based airline is the first in Europe to warn of disruption due a deepening crisis at Boeing, which has been mired in a regulatory audit and has been prohibited from ramping up 737 MAX production since the Jan. 5 mid-air panel blowout of a new Alaska Airlines MAX 9.

Ryanair was due to receive 57 Boeing MAX 8-200 planes by end-April, but just over a week ago Boeing told the airline it would receive around 50 aircraft by end-June, O'Leary said. That could now change.  "We don't really know how many aircraft we're going to get from Boeing," O'Leary told a media briefing. "We're pretty sure we're going to get 30 to 40. We're reasonably confident we're between 40 and 45. And now we are far less confident we're going to get between 45 and 50."

In a statement to Reuters, Boeing confirmed it had told some airlines that deliveries could be delayed as the company ensures planes meet all regulatory standards.  "We deeply regret the impact this is having on our valued customer Ryanair," Boeing said. "We're working to address their concerns and taking action on a comprehensive plan to strengthen 737 quality and delivery performance." 

The delays mean Ryanair might have to remove some flights from its summer schedule, O'Leary said, cutting capacity for what is expected to be a record summer of travel.  "If we only get 40, by the end of March we will have to announce some minor schedule cuts," he said.  That means Ryanair is likely to carry only 200 million passengers for the financial year beginning in April, versus the 205 million previously forecast.  Further capacity constraints could make the carrier less competitive against low-cost rivals like easyJet,  Ryanair's stock has risen by a quarter over the past two years, making it the best-performing European airline as the industry rides a post-pandemic boom in travel.

26 January, 2024

Boeing's MAX production issues ripple across aerospace industry

Boeing's troubles with its 737 MAX jets are upending the aerospace industry's 2024 plans,
changing airlines' fleet and expansion goals as U.S. regulators froze production of the best-selling jets.

The FAA ramped up scrutiny of Boeing after a frightening Jan. 5 incident when a cabin panel tore off of an Alaska Airlines jet mid-flight. The plane landed safely with only minor injuries to people on board - but that experience has forced the industry to grapple with problems with Boeing's manufacturing and quality control processes.

The FAA late Wednesday froze increases in production of the single-aisle 737 MAX due to the issues, which have frustrated executives dependent on Boeing, one of only two major global plane manufacturers.

"Boeing needs to get their act together," said American Airlines CEO Robert Isom. "It is hard enough running an airline. We need quality product, and that's what we demand."

The FAA's order means Boeing can continue producing MAX jets at its current monthly rate, but it cannot increase that rate. It offered no estimate of how long the limitation would last and did not specify the number of planes Boeing can produce each month.

The FAA's unprecedented intervention in production schedules could further delay some deliveries of new planes to airlines and hurt suppliers already reeling from an earlier MAX crisis and the pandemic.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun told Reuters on Thursday that he supported the FAA decision. "We all want safe airplanes. This is a safe aeroplane," he said in Washington, where he has been meeting with U.S. legislators.

14 November, 2023

SunExpress to buy up to 90 Boeing 737 MAX jets

The agreement includes 45 737-8 and 737-10 models with the opportunity for up to 45 more jets

 Boeing and SunExpress, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, announced today the airline has again selected the 737 MAX to continue its robust growth. With a commitment to purchase up to 90 fuel-efficient single-aisle Boeing jets, announced at the Dubai Airshow, Türkiye's leading leisure carrier will more than double its fleet into the next decade. The agreement includes 28 737- MAX 8 and 17 737- MAX 10 models, with the opportunity for up to 45 additional 737 MAX airplanes.

"Building on the resounding success of our strategy in the post-pandemic period, SunExpress is now poised for next-level growth to meet market demand and achieve a greater international footprint," said Max Kownatzki, SunExpress CEO. "Over the next decade, we will more than double our fleet, reaching a 150-aircraft fleet by 2033. Also, the addition of the 737- MAX 10, the newest 737 MAX plane with up to 230 seats, to our fleet will allow us to strengthen our capacity further. SunExpress is well-positioned for the future and will expand its network with a more fuel-efficient and environmentally sustainable aircraft fleet, while continuing to fulfill its role as Türkiye's tourism ambassador."

This new commitment from SunExpress will build on the airline's previous order for 42 737- MAX 8s, nine of which have been delivered.

"SunExpress's continued commitment to the 737 MAX reflects its confidence in the aeroplane's capability to meet demand from travellers to popular destinations across Türkiye and beyond," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737 MAX is a proven aeroplane on the SunExpress network, delivering unmatched fuel efficiency and reliability."

07 September, 2023

Aviation Capital Group completes deal for 13 Boeing 737 MAX Jets

Plane maker Boeing and aircraft leasing giant Aviation Capital Group have completed negotiations for 13 737 MAX jets, increasing the lessor’s order book to 47 737 MAXs aircraft.

The new, incremental order includes seven 737- MAX 8 and six 737- MAX 10 jets as ACG grows its single-aisle options to meet robust customer demand for the fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplane family.

Steven Udvar-Hazy, Senior Vice President and Chief of Aircraft Operations at ACG. “We are pleased to expand ACG’s commitment to the 737 MAX programme. This additional order will allow ACG to offer highly fuel efficient and versatile aircraft to our airline customers worldwide,”

Boeing advises that the 737- MAX 8 can carry up to 210 passengers based on configuration with a range of 3,500 nautical miles, while the 737- MAX 10, the largest 737 MAX model, seats up to 230 passengers with a range of 3,100 nautical miles. Both variants can reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20% compared to the earlier Boeing aircraft they replace.

“ACG’s growing and diverse 737 MAX portfolio allows its customers to operate a more sustainable, efficient fleet,” said Christy Reese, vice president of Global Leasing Commercial Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to helping ACG deliver the most fuel-efficient airplanes in the industry to its airline partners.”

Aviation Capital Group is one of the world’s premier full-service aircraft asset managers with over 480 owned, managed and committed aircraft as of June 30, 2023, leased to roughly 90 airlines in approximately 45 countries. It was founded in 1989 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Century Corporation. 

Boeing's MAX aircraft were grounded worldwide between March 2019 and January 2021 after 346 people died in two crashes of the type. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration was the last major aviation regulator to ground the type following the Lion Air Flight 610 on 29 October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on 10th March 10, 2019, crashes. These disasters were caused largely by a flaws in its new Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Since then, a series of other design, production and safety issues have caused delays to the programme. 

09 May, 2023

Mega order for 737 MAX jets from Ryanair........up to 300 aircraft

The Irish low-fare airline Ryanair has made its largest Boeing order with up to 300 jets to help it dominate the European travel market.

The deal includes a firm order for 150 737-MAX 10 jets and options for 150 more aircraft. When finalized, and subject to all options being exercised, this deal is valued at over $40bn at current list prices and is the largest order ever placed by an Irish Company for US manufactured goods.

Ryanair has deployed a growing fleet of 737-MAX 8 -200 aeroplanes to accelerate its post-pandemic recovery and meet strong travel demand. The 197-seat 737-MAX 8-200 model has helped the airline reduce fuel use and emissions by over 20% compared to the older 737s they are replacing and reduces the space allotted to customers.  The new order adds the larger 737- MAX 10 variant, which with give the airline 228 seats to fill on each flight.  

The bombastic Ryanair Group CEO Michael  O’Leary said: "Ryanair is pleased to sign this record aircraft order for up to 300 MAX-10s with our aircraft partner Boeing.  These new, fuel-efficient, greener technology aircraft offer 21% more seats, burn 20% less fuel and are 50% quieter than our B737-NGs."

According to the airline, this order will help it create 10,000 new jobs which will be located across all of Europe’s main economies where Ryanair operates and is either the No.1 or No.2 airline.

"The Boeing-Ryanair partnership is one of the most productive in commercial aviation history, enabling both companies to succeed and expand affordable travel to hundreds of millions of people," said Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun. "Nearly a quarter century after our companies signed our first direct aeroplane purchase, this landmark deal will further strengthen our partnership. We are committed to delivering for Ryanair and helping the airline group achieve its goals."

Given the size and scale of the transaction, it will be subject to shareholder approval at the next Annual General Meeting on September 14th. 

06 October, 2022

American pilots union opposes equipment exemption for Boeing 737-7 MAX and 737-10 MAX aircraft

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed its strong opposition to any extension of the equipment exemption for the Boeing 737-7 MAX and Boeing 737-10 MAX, which is scheduled to expire in December. 

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association – the largest independent pilots union in the United States – is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. 

“Boeing needs to proceed with installing modern crew alerting systems on these aircraft to mitigate pilot startle-effect and confusion during complex, compound system malfunctions,” said APA President Capt. Edward Sicher. “Once these systems are installed and pilots have been properly trained on them, our crews will be better able to identify system failures and prioritize corrective actions that could save lives.”

Sicher noted that American Airlines pilots fly more than 300 B-737s for the airline.

“We oppose any extension of the exemption and don’t agree with Boeing’s claim that pilots could become confused when moving from an airplane without the modern alert system to one that is equipped with it. Nothing could be further from our flight deck reality,” Capt. Sicher said. “Consider the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 – they’re substantially different airplanes, yet operate under a single certificate. Pilots have routinely flown both on the same day without any confusion.

“Pilots must have the tools we need to keep our passengers safe. By equipping these aircraft with modern crew alerting systems, Boeing can maintain a strong order book for them, which will in turn protect the jobs of the thousands of hard-working men and women who build the airplanes. Doing so will also help Boeing to continue rebuilding public trust.”

30 September, 2022

WestJet Group orders more 737 MAX jets.

Photo WestJet

Today the WestJet Group of Canada announced an agreement with Boeing to purchase an additional 42 MAX aircraft, along with options for 22 more. This order is in addition to the remaining 23  737 MAX jets on its existing order. 

"With this additional order, the WestJet Group will accept delivery of no fewer than 65 aircraft in the next six years, at least 50 will be 737-[MAX] 10 aircraft, furthering our commitment to affordable travel options for Canadians and jobs for our company and the aerospace industry," said WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer Alexis von Hoensbroech. "WestJet's expansion plans are rooted in an enhanced presence in Western Canada and a growth strategy in eastern Canadian communities through increased transcontinental flights and more direct routes to sun and leisure destinations. This will be further strengthened once our Sunwing transaction has been approved."

WestJet's Board of Directors approved the order for state-of-the-art Boeing 737- MAX 10 aircraft, the largest model in Boeing's MAX family. The 737- MAX 10 provides superior economic benefits to any other 737 aircraft in WestJet's fleet, while ensuring simplicity through expected training commonality across the airline's 737 fleet.

"The 737-10 will provide WestJet with additional capacity and unrivalled efficiency as the airline further expands its network of destinations across Canada and internationally. WestJet understands the value of the 737 MAX family, with the 737-[MAX] 10 set to perfectly complement the outstanding capability and flexibility already afforded by the 737- [MAX] 8, along with improved sustainability across its fleet," said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"The 737-[MAX] 10 will be a game changer, with one of the lowest costs per seat among mid-range aircraft. This will foster our low-cost positioning and affordability for Canadians. In addition, with its lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, the 737- [MAX] 10 will further improve the environmental footprint of our fleet," said von Hoensbroech. "Thank you to our Board of Directors, who endorsed both the business and environmental merits of this agreement. It reflects our confidence in our business model and sustained market recovery, as we emerge from the pandemic being one of few airlines at scale that have not drawn any sector-specific government aid."

The WestJet Group's fleet, with an average age under 10 years, is among the youngest of established North American carriers.

21 July, 2022

Qatar Airways orders 25 MAX jets from Boeing

Qatar Airways signed a deal for 25 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft during the Farnborough International Airshow today.
Qatar Airways signed a deal for 25 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft during the Farnborough International Airshow today.

"We are honoured that Qatar Airways has decided to add Boeing's single-aisle family to its fleet, deepening our relationship with this world-class airline," said Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. "The 737-10 is ideally suited for Qatar Airways' regional network and will provide the carrier with the most capable, most fuel-efficient aeroplane in its class."

Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, currently named 'Airport of the Year' by Skytrax World Airport Awards 2022.
Qatar Airways was announced as the 'Airline of the Year' at the 2021 Skytrax World Airline Awards. 

Air Models have a range of aircraft models, including some special 737 MAX models, including this one in the colours of flydubai.  

Other airlines featured include Air ChinaXiamen Air and China Southern 

18 July, 2022

Delta picks Boeing MAX jets over Airbus aircraft

Delta Air Lines, the U.S. mega-carrier has decided to go with the Boeing 737 MAX jet to modernize its single-aisle fleet with a deal that marks a major switch away from Airbus. 

The airline and Boeing announced the agreement at Farnborough International Airshow and is for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 10 Jets with an option for 30 more planes. 

"The Boeing 737-[MAX] 10 will be an important addition to Delta's fleet as we shape a more sustainable future for air travel, with an elevated customer experience, improved fuel efficiency and best-in-class performance," said Ed Bastian, Delta's chief executive officer. "These new aircraft provide superior operating economics and network flexibility, and the agreement reflects our prudent approach to deploying our capital."

Most importantly, Bastian said, "This aircraft will be piloted, served and maintained by the very best professionals in the business, and it's their hard work and dedication to our customers that always sets us apart."

Air Models have a range of aircraft models, including some special 737 MAX models, including this one in the colours of flydubai.  

Other airlines featured include Air ChinaXiamen Air and China Southern 

Delta says it has selected the MAX 10 because the aircraft can cover 99% of its single-aisle routes around the world, seating up to 230 passengers with a maximum range of 3,300 nautical miles. It is also getting a massive discount off list prices for the aircraft, which includes support.

Nearly one-third of the aircraft’s 182 seats will be premium seating, with 20 customers in First Class, 33 in Delta Comfort+ and 129 in Main Cabin. The airline is installing the Boeing Sky Interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, with in-flight entertainment and power ports in every seat; high-speed satellite Wi-Fi throughout the aircraft; and on-demand video content available through Delta Studio. The cabin will also feature LED lighting that enhances the aircraft’s sense of spaciousness and large pivoting overhead bins.

20 May, 2022

International Airlines Group Finalizes Agreement for Up to 150 Boeing's troubled MAX Jets.......

Photo Boeing

Boeing and International Airlines Group confirmed this week that had struck a deal for up to 150 of the firm's troubled MAX jets.  This comprises of an option for 100 jets and a firm order of 50 aircraft, comprising of 737 MAX 8 and MAX 10 models. 

Both the aircraft manufacturer and IAG are seeking to mislead passengers, by dropping the MAX mantle from all publicity over the deal, referring to the planes by just the designation of 737-8 and 737-10. 

IAG had been talking with a European planemaker about a possible mass order however when Airbus refused to reduce by half the cost of each airline, the airline group, which includes British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia headed to the U.S. for a deal.

"The addition of new Boeing 737s is an important part of IAG´s short-haul fleet renewal," said Luis Gallego, IAG´s chief executive, who is banking on these jets to enable the group to be net-zero by 2050. Something which many aviation analysts say is not possible. 

IAG is also going to be reducing seat-pitch by cramming in 200 seats to the 737 MAX 8-200 jets which would tie in with rumoured plans to turn all its airlines into a more low-cost model. IAG has said it will seat 230 people in the 737 MAX 10 jets. 

"IAG has invested in a sustainable and profitable future, as both variants will significantly lower operating costs and CO2 emissions," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Today's agreement for up to 150 aeroplanes, including 100 options, is a welcome addition of the 737 to IAG´s short-haul fleets and reflects our commitment to support the Group's continued network recovery and future growth with Boeing's unrivalled family of aeroplanes."

The 737 MAX variety of aircraft has a chequered history since the two fatal crashes cost the lives of nearly 360 passengers and saw a grounding of the type for nearly two years while Boeing tried to correct the design flaws and manufacturing issues that lead to the two disasters. According to manufacturing reports, some of the MAX jets currently being produced are showing an increased number of flaws or issues as Boeing ramps up production.   

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31 March, 2022

Ryanair expects €300 million losses this year

The chief executive of budget airline Ryanair has said he expects the airline to have losses of around €300 million at the end of this year, given the current situation and traffic predictions.  Michael O'Leary told news agency Reuters "We will be in the middle of that range" whilst at the Airlines 4 Europe conference today.

The Irishman also said the airline was considering dropping plans to buy the 737 MAX 10 aircraft after a public spat with the U.S. planemaker Boeing over the price. However, he confirmed that a meeting scheduled for next month with Boeing would still take place. 

03 March, 2022

Alaska Airlines recalibrates Boeing 737-MAX 9 order

Alaska Airlines announced plans this week to change its mainline fleet by adjusting our current 737 MAX 9 aircraft order with Boeing to include the bigger 737 MAX 10 and longer-range 737 MAX 8 jets. According to the airline, these additional 737 models will enhance Alaska's ability to meet specific market requirements with optimal aircraft size and capability.

"We're excited to add these new 737 models to our fleet and continue our upgauging strategy, which maximizes our revenue opportunity with more seats while reducing unit costs," said Nat Pieper, senior vice president of fleet, finance and alliances at Alaska Airlines. "This announcement is a further step in our drive toward a single fleet featuring Boeing aircraft and CFM engines – we are very appreciative of their partnerships."

The airline expects to take delivery of its first 737 MAX 8 aeroplanes in the second half of 2023 and the first 737 MAX 10s in early 2024. 

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29 June, 2021

United Airlines places the largest aircraft order in its history and the biggest by a single carrier in a decade..........Order's 200 Boeing 737 MAX

The U.S. mega carrier United Airlines confirmed today, Tuesday that it was purchasing 270 new aircraft,   the largest ever aircraft order in its history and the biggest by a single airline in a decade.

The firm is ordering 70 Airbus A321neo aircraft and 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, dubbed by some passengers as the 'death jets' following the two high profile Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes that cost the lives of 347 people.
Massive MAX order for Boeing from United

United will be taking  50 737 MAX 8s and 150 737 MAX 10s and all will be fitted with the new style cabin interior which includes seat-back entertainment in every seat, larger overhead bins for every passenger's carry-on bag and the industry's fastest available in-flight WiFi, as well as a bright look-and-feel with LED lighting. The airline expects to fly the first 737 MAX 8 which is currently coming out of storage this summer and begin flying the 737 MAX 10s and the Airbus A321neo in early 2023.

15 January, 2020

US budget carrier Allegiant announces big expansion - 3 new cities & 44 nonstop routes

The US budget carrier Allegiant announced 44 new nonstop routes, including 14 routes to three new cities: ChicagoBoston and Houston, in what it calls the carriers largest-ever expansion programme.  

This major addition to service is driven by Allegiant's goal of connecting leisure travellers in underserved cities to popular destinations around the country. Most of the 44 new routes are non-competitive, with no other airline providing service between those airports.
"There is a lot of leisure demand for cities that are regional destinations, and this route expansion will address some of that need," said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. "Also, this growth is about Allegiant being true to our mission as a company. We're increasing the number of low-cost, affordable travel options for people who may otherwise be priced out of air travel."

03 January, 2020

2019, the year of the century for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

1 century, 10 decades, 100 years

KLM first spread its wings on 7 October 1919 and that means it celebrated its hundredth anniversary during 2019, making it the world’s oldest airline operating under its original name. 

As usual, the carrier unveiled a new Delftware miniature house on its birthday. Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, the home of Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, and their three daughters was chosen and is already a collector's piece. 

That was just one of a number of special celebration the airline had for its 100th birthday.  Take a look at the following video for more on KLM in 2019.

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27 February, 2019

Massive order for Boeing from Vietjet

The American planemaker is celebrating another massive order for its 737 Max programme as the rapidly growing Vietnamese airline VietJet inks an order for 100 of the type.

This latest addition to the order book takes the commitment from VietJets for the 737 Max variety of twin jets to 200. Whilst the order had been arranged and agreed some time ago it was only announced with a public signing ceremony today in Hanoi, so United States President Donald Trump and Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong could be there. The order is said to be worth $12.7 billion according to list prices, although the true value is estimated to be just over half that amount.

The deal includes 20 MAX 8s and 80 of the new, larger MAX 10 variant and in ordering 80 MAX 10s, Vietjet becomes the largest Asian customer of the aircraft type. The carrier plans to use the added capacity to meet growing demand across Vietnam, as well as to serve popular destinations throughout Asia.

08 January, 2019

Boeing delivered 806 commercial jets in 2018

US Planemaker Boeing delivered 69, 737 aeroplanes in December and set a new annual record of 806 deliveries in 2018, surpassing its previous record of 763 deliveries in 2017. Even as Boeing delivered more jetliners, the company again grew its significant order book with 893 net orders, including 203 aeroplane sales in December.

737 MAX family surpassed 5,000 orders; 777 family exceeded 2,000 orders