Rumors surfaced last week that Delta plans to purchase 100 737 MAX jets from Boeing. (Delta would return its 717s to Boeing as part of the purported deal.)
We’ve heard it’s a done deal and already on the books — and Delta is the mystery “unnamed buyer” of 100 MAXes.
But someone else said the rumor is simply that — and nothing more.
Not Flying the MAX a “Key to Delta’s Success”
During an investor conference call in January, Delta CEO Ed Bastian acknowledged that the airline received a jump in business from passengers fleeing other carriers with 737 MAXes in their fleets.
“We’ve clearly been a beneficiary, and as long as the Max stays out of the sky, I guess, we’ll continue to be one,” he said.
CNN’s Chris Isidore wrote in January that Delta’s MAX-less fleet was “one key to (the airline’s) success.”
More Software Updates?
The 737 MAX seems to require more software updates than Microsoft Office 🙂 .
Only a couple of weeks ago, Reuters reported:
(Boeing) has been dealing with a number of software issues involving the plane that has been grounded since March 2019. Boeing halted production in January.
Boeing said it does not expect the issues to impact its current forecast of a mid-year return to service for the plane. Boeing said the new software issues are not tied to a key anti-software system known as MCAS faulted in both fatal crashes…
Boeing said neither new software issue has been observed in flight. Boeing said in the autopilot issue “flight deck alerts and warnings are already in place to alert the crew if it did.”
Boeing did not say when it expects the updates to be completed.
Reuters reported in February a key certification test flight was not expected until April at the earliest and officials say it might not happen until late May or later.
Last month, Boeing decided to separate 737 MAX wiring bundles that the FAA had flagged by regulators as potentially dangerous before the jet returns to service, Reuters reported.
And Delta wants to order a hundred of these, huh? The deal — if it’s real — must (or hopefully) have a ton of contingencies built in. I assume Delta doesn’t want to be stuck with a hundred planes the FAA won’t certify as airworthy or that pose safety risks.
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