Boeing B-737 MAX: problems also for carriers
They will have to sign "wet leasing" agreements to operate on the connections provided
The double incident within 6 months of Lion Air's and Ethiopian Airlines Boeing B-737 MAX 8 aircraft could create many problems for the US company and fleet-based airlines. For the first, the greatest difficulty will be to win back the confidence in the new generation of passengers and the leaders of the most skeptical airlines (in particular the non-western ones), who are thinking of cancelling the orders already made especially if the two disasters turn out - from the investigations - connected by the same malfunction. Kenya Airways, VietJet Aviation, Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia are planning to review the contracts signed for the B-737 MAX, while from Norwegian Air have announced that Boeing will be asked to pay compensation for damages. Potentially 20 to 30 billion dollars of orders could be questioned for the US company, which could go to rival Airbus ready to offer its A-320neo.
The airlines that use the B-737 MAX grounded all over the world, on the other hand, have problems related to the cost of maintaining the aircraft stopped in the hangars, as well as the leasing of new aircraft to be used in order to make the planned connections. to fully satisfy the passengers' request through the "wet leasing" agreements. The other problem is that many people who have to book a flight are first asking for information about the plane that will be used scared -at the moment- from the possible use of a B-737 MAX. To restore confidence, time will be needed and the actual safety of the aircraft will be needed.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency