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* Delivery of Virgin's first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was due November 2019, but now won't take place until July 2021
* 15 orders for the MAX 8 aircraft have been swapped for the MAX 10 (ten of which were already on the books)
Virgin's revised Boeing 737 MAX delivery roster now lists the first MAX as being due in July 2021, and that'll be the MAX 10. The first MAX 8 isn't expected to join Virgin's fleet until February 2025.
Virgin's Boeing 737 MAX order book now stands at 25 x MAX 10 and 23 x MAX 8.
“Safety is always the number one priority for Virgin Australia. As we have previously stated, we will not introduce any new a.craft to the fleet unless we are completely satisfied with its safety. We are confident in Boeing’s commitment to returning the 737 MAX to service safely and as a long-term partner of Boeing, we will be working with them through this process."
“The revised timing also results in a number of positive commercial benefits for the Group. This includes a significant deferral of capital expenditure by extending the use of existing aircraft given the relatively young age of our fleet along with providing the Group earlier access to the superior operational economics of the MAX 10 aircraft.”
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I see many reports saying that the MAX was a hasty revision to counter the sales success of the A320NEO; that Boeing had insufficient time, or were just too slow to do a clean sheet design to update the 737, which clearly it sorely needs. Although they are generally reliable, I for one will be very pleased when 737’s are phased out (that will be a long time I guess!)
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