Boeing. At risk orders of aircraft for 54 billion dollars?
VietJet Aviation, Kenya Airways and Flyadeal expressed concerns
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing B-737 MAX 8 plane crash could have serious repercussions for the order book of the US aerospace company. This is because some airlines are thinking of canceling the contracts in the event that it is found by the investigations that caused the accident was a defect in the design and software of the new generation twin-engine. In addition to the already explained case of Lion Air (see AVIONEWS), today VietJet Aviation, Kenya Airways and Flyadeal have also emphasized that they could review the future plans to acquire B-737 MAX, in a move that could create heavy economic losses for Boeing and a huge advantage for Airbus, which could "place" its A-320neo. The Vietnamese carrier has recently signed an order worth 25 billion dollars for 200 aircraft, the Kenyan one has an agreement for 10 B-737 MAX (for 1.2 billion dollars) and the Saudi Arabian Airines subsidiary has ordered 50 (total 5.9 billion dollars).
All three airlines, as well as Lion Air, have specified that until the official conclusion of the investigation a final decision on the matter will not be taken, but nevertheless there would already have been some contacts both with Airbus and with Boeing to identify solutions, which also include the order of the older B-737/800 versions in addition to the new generation aircraft produced by the European company.
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