Chinese Airlines Give Indication of Future of 737 Max Written 1 April 2021


China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) | Credit: Shimin; Wikiwand; GNU Free Documentation License 1.2

FlightGlobal reports that China Eastern Airlines expects that deliveries of the Boeing 737 MAX will resume from 2023 – “even while it works with the airframer to return the aircraft to service.” According to fleet plans included in its full-year results for 2020, the airline indicated that it expects to introduce 46 737 MAX aircraft in 2023. The variant of the aircraft was not included. However, “the carrier had previously disclosed in its 2019 annual results that it expected to take up to 46 737 Max aircraft between 2020 and 2021, but that these had to be deferred indefinitely following the type’s global grounding.” Compatriot Air China likely will not take on any 737 MAX aircraft in the near future, but Air China is operating 16 737 Max 8s and has ordered another 13. Shenzhen Airlines “has another 10 examples on order, and five in storage, according to Cirium fleets data.”
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