Icelandair Reduces Q2 Losses, Praises 737 MAX Performance

By Kurt Hofmann Jul 23, 2021
Icelandair said that better-than-expected Boeing 737 MAX technical reliability is the catalyst behind a new initiative to review its long-term fleet strategy, which will begin at summer’s end.
Airlines & Lessors

Southwest Hints At Exercising More 737 MAX Options In 2022

By Lori Ranson Jul 22, 2021
Southwest Airlines could exercise up to 44 options for Boeing 737 MAX jets in 2022 to either fuel growth or accelerate retirements of older 737-700s. 
Airlines & Lessors

Flydubai Cuts MAX Orders But Resumes Deliveries

By Alan Dron Jul 13, 2021
News that UAE-based LCC flydubai has chopped 65 Boeing 737 MAXs from its orderbook demonstrates the severity of the pandemic’s effect on the carrier. 
Airlines & Lessors

MAX Cancellations, 787 Issues Dim Boeing’s June Orderbook Momentum

By Sean Broderick Jul 13, 2021
Boeing’s fifth straight month of positive net orders and several delivery-data bright spots were offset by flydubai’s cancellation of 65 737 MAXs and news of more 787 production-quality issues.
Aircraft & Propulsion

SpiceJet Looks To Raise Capital, Boost Balance Sheet

By Adrian Schofield Jul 01, 2021
SpiceJet will seek shareholder permission to raise up to INR25 billion ($335 million) through the issuance of eligible securities to qualified institutional investors.
Airlines & Lessors
Daily Memo: United Order Puts Spotlight Back On Gauge
“It’s all about gauge, gauge, gauge”—that's how United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby described the company’s recently announced 270-aircraft narrowbody order on an investor call June 29.
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United Airlines Bets On 737 MAX, A321neo Gauge, Orders 270 Jets
The order from Chicago-based United—its biggest ever and the largest by any airline in over a decade—consists of 50 737-8s, 150 737-10s and 70 A321neos.
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Southwest Airlines Adds 34 Aircraft To Existing 737-7 Order

By Ben Goldstein Jun 08, 2021
The move comes as the airline cites improving revenue trends and a strong domestic travel recovery in the U.S.
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: The Implications Of Airbus’ Narrowbody Plans

By Jens Flottau Jun 07, 2021
The art of succeeding in the global aircraft duopoly is anticipating and taking advantage of the competitor’s weaknesses. 
Program Management

Boeing Readies Stretched 737 MAX 10 For First Flight

By Guy Norris May 27, 2021
Boeing has begun taxi tests of the 737-10—the fourth version of the MAX series and the longest stretch of the company’s long-running twinjet program—in the run-up to first flight.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Ryanair Sees Signs Of Recovery After Posting Loss; Unhappy With Boeing

By Helen Massy-Beresford May 17, 2021
Ryanair may not be able to deploy any 737 MAX aircraft this summer as delivery delays persist; CEO cites Boeing "mismanage[ment]."
Airlines & Lessors

Flydubai Laments Grounded MAX Fleet During Pandemic

By Alan Dron May 03, 2021
UAE-based LCC flydubai “remains well-positioned” to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, the airline said as it announced its annual results for 2020 on May 2.
Airlines & Lessors

Operators Still Waiting On 737 MAX Electrical-Issue Fix Details

Sean Broderick and Bo-Göran Lundkvist Apr 30, 2021
The FAA’s mandate ordering electrical-bonding modifications to certain grounded Boeing 737 MAXs is out, but operators are still waiting on finalized…
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Icelandair Looks To More MAX Deliveries, Strong Second Half

By Kurt Hofmann Apr 30, 2021
Icelandair plans to operate a total fleet of 28 aircraft for the summer 2021 period, including nine Boeing 737 MAXs. 
Airlines & Lessors

FAA To Order 737 MAX Electrical Modifications Before Further Flight

By Sean Broderick Apr 28, 2021
An FAA order mandating changes to Boeing 737 MAXs affected by recently discovered electrical issues before those aircraft can fly again has been finalized and is slated for publication April 30.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Boeing Optimistic On 737, 787 Momentum; Concerned About China

By Sean Broderick Apr 28, 2021
Boeing remains confident that internal challenges will not hamper its efforts to get the 737 MAX and 787 programs back on track but suggests that a prolonged trade stalemate between China and the U.S. could present near-term problems. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing: Latest 737 MAX Grounding Won’t Drag On

By Sean Broderick Apr 20, 2021
While Boeing, the FAA, and affected operators continue to collaborate on fixes for 737 MAXs that are out of service awaiting electrical-system modifications, executives at the manufacturer and one affected customer are confident the disruption will not drag on.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Turkish Airlines Cancels 10 737 MAXs, Reverts 40 To Options

By Victoria Moores Apr 20, 2021
Turkish Airlines has cut 50 aircraft from its firm commitment for 75 Boeing 737 MAXs, canceling 10 aircraft outright and reverting a further 40 to options.
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: Digital Divide Grows In Aero Manufacturing

By Michael Bruno Apr 19, 2021
Spirit AeroSystems is now making several changes it had wanted to make eventually in a much quicker fashion—potentially turning its labor-intensive, 20th-century style factories into modern marvels of digitally driven lean manufacturing efficiency.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Latest 737 MAX Electrical Issues Affect Three Flight Deck Areas

By Sean Broderick Apr 16, 2021
Electrical grounding issues that led Boeing to recommend some 737 MAX operators park their aircraft have turned up in two areas besides the original standby power control unit where it was first discovered.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Inspections Find More Electrical-Grounding Issues On Boeing 737 MAXs

By Sean Broderick Apr 15, 2021
One week into a de facto partial fleet grounding, Boeing continues to evaluate the scale and needed steps to correct 737 MAX electrical system problems—an issue that extends beyond the area originally flagged by the manufacturer.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Boeing’s March Deliveries Dominated By Stored 737 MAXs

By Sean Broderick Apr 13, 2021
Boeing’s March deliveries included 19 737 MAXs, pushing the first-quarter total to 58 and keeping the manufacturer largely on track to meeting its…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Air Canada Faces Intricate Financing Package From Federal Government

By Lori Ranson Apr 13, 2021
Air Canada’s long-awaited federal financing package has several complexities the airline needs to address as the recovery in Canada’s air travel market remains more uncertain than ever. 
Airlines & Lessors

Flydubai Not Considering Deliveries As MAX Fleet Returns To Service

By Kurt Hofmann Apr 07, 2021
Flydubai said deliveries of further Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in 2021 are not currently on the table as the LCC focuses on bringing the type back into service. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Vietnam Regulators Allows 737 MAX Transit

By Chen Chuanren Apr 06, 2021
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has partially lifted the ban on Boeing 737 MAX operations, allowing the type to fly over the country’s airspace after a two-year ban. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation