An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing facility at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, September 16, 2019.
Lindsey Wasson | Reuters
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Boeing managed to reach day three of the Dubai Air Show with bids on 50 of the embattled 737 Max jets, a day after receiving an order for 10 of the jets from leisure carrier SunExpress. [1
The bid, which comes at the top of a reported firm order from a mystery buyer for 20 of the Max jets, represents a vote of confidence for an aircraft whose dangerous shortages triggered the biggest crisis in the aviation industry this year.
Air Astana's commitment, valued at $ 3.6 billion, is not a fixed order, and all offers over the past week remain subject to the approval of the aircraft to return to service. The Kazakh airline is also a customer of Boese's French rival Airbus, which has garnered huge deals this week and so far overshadows the US aircraft manufacturer.
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported 10 orders for Boeing's 737 MAX 7 and 10 for its 737 MAX 10 from an undisclosed buyer, citing people familiar with the matter.
Tuesday's news follows an increased order for Max 737 8 jets from Turkey-based airline SunExpress, which placed a fixed order on 10 aircraft, worth $ 1.2 billion at list prices, in addition to a previous order of 32. A steep discount is typically negotiated by airlines.
The announcements mark a profit for Boeing, but there are a total of $ 5.6 billion in orders so far fading compared to the counter to Airbus, which has so far sent about $ 30 billion in orders at list prices. On Monday, Europe's largest carrier won orders for 120 of its Air Arabia A320neo jets and 50 of its A350s from the Dubai flagship Emirates, valued at approximately $ 14 billion and $ 16 billion respectively.
Prior to confirming the Airbus order, Air Arabia was reportedly in talks with Boeing as late as two weeks before the show.
The Dubai Air Show, known for record-breaking mega deals, typically sees fierce competition for deals from rivals Airbus and Boeing, each of which owns approx. half of the market for large commercial airlines. But the US aircraft manufacturer's presence has been softened so far, weighed down by the crashes, which followed safety concerns and the ground support of its fleet of about 400 jets around the world.
The aviation giant has struggled this year, with new orders all but drying up as a result. British Airways parent, International Consolidated Airline Group, said during the Paris Air Show in June that it intends to buy 200 of the 737 Max aircraft, but that the order has not been boosted.