Boeing launches air show with major order from Delta | Free press

The restless aircraft manufacturer Boeing won a large order at the Farnborough Air Show. Meanwhile, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, from Europe, initially walked away empty-handed.


The air show in Farnborough, UK, kicked off with a long-awaited large order for the troubled aircraft manufacturer Boeing. US airline Delta Air Lines has signed an order for 100 copies of the Boeing 737 Max 10 medium-range jet, which both parties announced on Monday at the Southwest of London fair.

However, it is not yet certain that this long version of the Boeing 737 Max will be approved. Meanwhile, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, from Europe, initially walked away empty-handed when it comes to ordering aircraft on the first day of the show.

Boeing has long negotiated with Delta on a mass order. According to the price list, 100 machines have a total value of approximately $ 13.5 billion (EUR 13.4 billion). However, big discounts are common for large airplane orders. In addition, Delta has secured options for the purchase of another 30 jets.

The 737 Max 10 is a long version of the Boeing 737 Max that was not allowed to take off for 20 months in 2019 and 2020 after two crashes around the world. The Max 10 is still pending approval by the US FAA.

In competition with the Airbus A321neo

Boeing is competing with the Max 10 with the bestseller of the Airbus A321neo – the long version of the A320neo. This represents the majority of new orders in the narrow-body aircraft segment among Europeans. Airbus also developed a long-haul version of the machine called the A321XLR. It is planned to be put into service in early 2024. Boeing lacks a suitable competitor model.

Airbus has now increased production of its A320neo family of models to around 50 planes per month and is aiming for a record production of 75 planes per month by the middle of the decade. Boeing recently only hit 31 units a month for the 737 Max. Meanwhile, aircraft manufacturers, like companies in other industries, struggle with bottlenecks in their supply chains.

Large long-haul jets have been in demand recently, especially in the booming cargo segment – the domain of Boeing. In contrast, both manufacturers restricted the production of large passenger airliners during the pandemic. While Airbus continues to supply its A350 and A330neo types, Boeing only does so with the 777.

The manufacturer had to postpone its new 777X edition. And it cannot hand over to customers the slightly smaller Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” due to production problems. Talks with the supervisor regarding the resumption of deliveries are very advanced – said the Boeing Deal manager on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun believes it is not time to develop a new passenger jet. The introduction of a new aircraft depends on the state of the art of propulsion technology and whether this is of great importance for previous engines, the Financial Times said (Monday). “I don’t think we’ve reached that threshold.” New orders are especially important to Boeing. The US group was way behind Airbus in the mass business with mid-range jets. (dpa)

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