Southwest Airlines (LUV), a major American low-cost airline, considers to buy up to 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets. However, the purchase process could appear slightly different than was usual. The airline reportedly stepped into negotiations with both Boeing and lessors with an aim to acquire the MAX planes which the original purchasers refused.
Southwest Airlines (LUV) reportedly has its eye on an extraordinary Boeing 737 MAX purchase. As reported by Bloomberg, the airline plans to buy 30 MAX jets from Boeing storage which lost their initial owners.
This way the air carrier possibly would replace a small part of its Boeing 737 MAX order consisting of a total of 249 jets that Southwest Airlines (LUV) has already ordered. On November 10, 2020, the airline reportedly said that it was reconsidering its Boeing 737 MAX order book.
In October 2020, Boeing announced that it planned to resume deliveries of the grounded jet in Q4 2020, following expectations of receiving aircraft recertification in November 2020. While the manufacturer was struggling to find owners for up to 200 737 MAX jets it has produced during the period since the aircraft was grounded in March 2019, it seems that Southwest Airline’s considerations could appear a brilliant way for the manufacturer to move a part of already made Boeing 737 MAX planes to the new home.
The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded since March 2019, after two fatal crashes that killed 356 people.