The world’s largest low-cost airline is significantly increasing its order for the smallest Max model. Southwest Airlines has ordered 108 more Boeing 737 Max 7 aircraft and now has more than 300 orders for the type.
So far, Boeing has amassed a total of 291 orders for the smallest Max model. Four-fifths of that comes from one customer – Southwest Airlines. The American airline so far has 234 copies in its order book. In addition, only Allegiant and Westjet placed orders – to a much lesser extent.
But Southwest Airlines is not satisfied with its current demand. The world’s largest low-cost airline announced on Thursday, October 26, that it will order an additional 108 Boeing 737 MAX 7 aircraft. It now expects more than 300 versions of the aircraft, which is 35.6 meters long, has a range of 7,040 kilometers and can seat up to 172 passengers.
A unified fleet is still an advantage
“We have a long history with Boeing that goes back more than 50 years,” says CEO Bob Jordan. The aircraft manufacturer is “part of our history and part of our future, as we continue to recognize the many efficiencies and cost savings of a consolidated fleet.” Before selecting the 737 MAX 7, Southwest Airlines also looked at the Airbus A220. In addition to the Boeing 737 MAX 7, the airline also expects to purchase 150 larger 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The Boeing 737 Max 7, also called the 737-7, has not yet been approved. However, the manufacturer still expects the blessing of the US Aviation Authority (FAA) until the end of the year, and perhaps even in November, according to the magazine. Aviation Week He writes with reference to informed circles. This means that Southwest Airlines could be the first operator to take delivery of its first aircraft at the beginning of 2024.
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