Arab airline replaces the 737 MAX for the A320neo

Arab airline replaces the 737 MAX for the A320neo

Boeing is working to improve software implicated in the crashes of its 737 MAX 8 planes so flights can resume.

Even in recent statements after the two jets crashed and regulators grounded planes, Southwest has continued to defend Boeing and the 737 Max line.

Similarly, the owner of Lion Air - the Indonesia airline whose Max jet was involved in the first fatal crash in October - vowed to cancel. Just this week, Saudi airline Flyadeal pulled out of a $5.9 billion order it had already placed, opting instead for the 737 Max's archenemy, the Airbus A320.

If the numbers hold throughout the year, Airbus could replace Boeing as the world's largest aircraft maker.

The American planemaker's net orders for the first six months were in the negative territory, with a total of minus 119 net orders, lagging Airbus which won 88 net orders between January and June.

For the third straight month, Boeing indicated that it received no new Max orders in June.

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Last month, Boeing won a vote of confidence in the troubled 737 Max when British Airways' parent International Consolidated Airlines Group, said it plans to buy 200 of the jets.

Deliveries of Boeing 737s, a work horse for short and medium-length flights, dropped to just 24 in the second quarter, down from 89 in the first quarter and 137 in the second quarter of 2018.

Plane deliveries are tied to company revenues and closely monitored by Wall Street.

Morningstar analyst Danny Goode said he does not expect other carriers to follow flyadeal as long as Boeing is able to ensure reentry of the 737 MAX by the end of the year. This occurs a little time after FAA pilots discovered a new problem regarding Boeing 737 MAX's MCAS . It now hopes to submit a final application to the FAA in September.

"A solution from M/s Boeing, the manufacturer, and certification of the said solution by Federal Aviation Administration, is awaited in DGCA to consider the safe return of the aircraft to service", said Hardeep Singh Puri, junior minister for civil aviation. Flyadeal ordered 30 A320neo jets from Airbus and took options on 20 more, meaning that its entire fleet will consist of planes from that company. Since then, Boeing has not reported any new order for the MAX planes.

That's a steep drop from the same time previous year, when Boeing reported 277 orders.

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