23 MAY 2022
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Boeing has formalised a commitment made by International Airlines Group (IAG) for the 737 MAX 800 at the 2019 Paris Air Show with a firm order for 50.
No airline recipient was mentioned in the announcement by Luis Gallego, IAG´s Chief Executive. "The addition of new Boeing 737s is an important part of IAG´s short-haul fleet renewal. These latest generation aircraft are more fuel efficient than those they will replace and in line with our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050", he said.
At the present time British Airways, by far the largest IAG airline, does not operate any Boeing short-haul jets, nor Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus . Air Europa, a potential member, does fly the 737 and has aircraft on order. The Boeing/IAG deal calls for potentially a further 100 aircraft.
The appearance of Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, at the forthcoming Aviation Club lunch (see in this week’s BTN) will no doubt allude to the question “which airline(s)?”
The aircraft will be delivered between 2023 and 2027.
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