Southwest announces order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 7

First 30 planes are scheduled for delivery in 2022. Carrier also converted 70 MAX 8 orders to MAX 7, totaling 349 firm orders and 270 options for both models

Southwest Airlines and Boeing announced on Monday a new order for 737 MAX jets, as was already speculated. The US airline has reached an agreement with the planemaker to receive 100 new 737 MAX 7s, which will be the replacement for the 737-700, the most numerous aircraft in its fleet.

The deal also involved converting 70 orders from MAX 8 to MAX 7 and added 155 aircraft options between 2022 and 2029. According to Southwest, the total order now stands at 349 737 MAX jets (200 MAX 7 and 140 MAX 8 ) and 270 purchase options, without a specific version.

The carrier expects to receive 30 737 MAX 7 in 2022 in addition to 28 737 MAX 8 this year, totaling 69 units by the end of 2021. According to the airline, 17 737-700 will be retired in the same period.

“Southwest Airlines has been operating the Boeing 737 series for nearly 50 years, and the aircraft has made significant contributions to our unparalleled success. Today’s commitment to the 737 MAX solidifies our continued appreciation for the aircraft and confirms our plans to offer the Boeing 737 series of aircraft to our Employees and Customers for years to come,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s CEO. “We are proud to continue our tradition of being the world’s largest operator of an all-Boeing fleet.”

One of Southwest’s 34 737 MAX 8 (Tomás del Coro)

Southwest said it expected more than half of the 737 MAX to allow it to retire much of the 462 737-700 in service today. This process, however, should take between 10 and 15 years.

The 737 MAX 7 had already been selected by Southwest, the largest jetliner operator in the world, but with only 30 orders, seven of which were originally scheduled for 2021 – the aircraft has not yet been certified by the FAA.

Now, the airline invests in a variant that is not the most efficient in the family, but has a seating capacity (150) better suited to the routes of the low cost airline.

The choice of the Boeing jet, however, ran the risk of not occurring after the Southwest summit admitted that it was studying the rival Airbus A220-300.

The Canadian jetliner origin has proved to be more efficient and modern than the 737 MAX and won the competition from Delta Air Lines years ago, which motivated the US manufacturer to protest in court, where it ended up defeated.

Delta´s Airbus A220-300 (Airbus)

For Boeing, the announcement is another step to reaffirm confidence in the most produced passenger plane in history.

“Southwest Airlines has long been a leader and bellwether for the airline industry and this order is a big vote of confidence for commercial air travel. We are deeply honored by Southwest’s continuing trust in Boeing and the 737. Their fleet decision today brings more stability for our biggest commercial program and will ensure that our entire 737 family will be building new airplanes for Southwest for years to come, ”said Stan Deal , president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

 

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MAX 7

MAX 8

MAX 7 or 8

Additional

 
 

Firm Orders

Firm Orders

Options

MAX 8s

Total

2021

19

9

28

2022

30

42

72

2023

30

38

68

2024

30

40

70

2025

30

40

70

2026

15

15

40

70

2027

15

15

30

60

2028

15

15

30

60

2029

20

30

10

60

2030

15

45

60

2031

10

10

 

200

149

270

9

628

Total
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