Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Southwest Orders the 737 MAX, Bolsters NG Order Book:

While Boeing has been steadily building up commitments for its new 737 MAX, the airframer announced that it has logged the first firm order of the re-engined aircraft from Dallas-based Southwest Airlines. The airline will also be the launch customer from the type. (Southwest was also the launch customer of the 737-300, -500, and -700 variants.)

The airline announced today it has ordered 150 MAX aircraft, noting it “has flexibility to accept MAX 7 or MAX 8 deliveries.” In addition, it has ordered 58 current-generation 737s, bringing its total firm orders of members of that family to 200. The order appears to be made with capacity discipline in mind, as the new aircraft “are intended to predominately serve as replacement aircraft as the airline continues the modernization of its fleet.” In addition to its firm orders, Southwest also plans to take delivery of five leased 737-800s next year.

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