Aerial photographs show Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing facilities at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, September 16, 2019.
Lindsey Wasson | Reuters
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Boeing made it to the third day of the Dubai Air Show with an offer for 50 of its 737 Max jets, a day after getting strict orders for 10 jets from recreational airline SunExpress.
Kazakhstan's airline, Air Astana, on Tuesday announced a letter of intent for 30 Max jets, which have landed globally since March after two severe accidents in a five-month period that killed 346 people.
The offer, which came at the behest of the company reported from mystery shoppers for 20 Max jets, represented a vote of confidence for the dangerous defective aircraft triggering the biggest crisis in the airline industry this year.
The Air Astana commitment, valued at $ 3.6 billion, is not a definite order, and all last week's agreements remain subject to the aircraft receiving regulatory approval to return to service. The Kazakh airline is also a rival customer of France's Airbus Boeing, which has made many deals this week and has so far overshadowed American aircraft makers.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday 10 orders for Boeing 737 MAX 7 and 10 for 737 MAX 10 from undisclosed buyers, citing people who were aware of the issue.
Tuesday's news follows an increase in orders for Max 737 8 jets from Turkish-based airline SunExpress, which added firm orders for 10 aircraft, valued at $ 1.2 billion at list prices, in addition to previous orders 32. Steep discounts are usually negotiated by airlines the flight.
The announcement marked a victory for Boeing, but the total of $ 5.6 billion orders so far means that compared to the calculation of Airbus, which so far has generated about $ 30 billion orders at list prices. The largest aerospace company in Europe won orders for 120 of its A320neo jets from Air Arabia and 50 of its A350s from Dubai's major airlines, valued at around $ 14 billion and $ 16 billion, respectively.
Ahead of the confirmation of its Airbus order, Air Arabia was reported in talks with Boeing recently two weeks before the show.
The Dubai Air Show, known as a record-breaking mega deal, usually witnesses intense competition for bids from rivals Airbus and Boeing, each of which has about half of the market for large commercial aircraft. But the presence of American aircraft makers has so far been conquered, burdened by the accident, subsequent security problems and the runway of about 400 jets worldwide.
The aerospace giant has struggled this year, with new orders all dried up as a result. British Airways' parent International Consolidated Airline Group said during the Paris Air Show in June that it intended to buy 200 of the 737 Max aircraft, but the order had not yet been confirmed.