Air France could order some MAX soon

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The situation at Air France

According to journalist Bruno Trévidic, Air France could be the next airline to order MAX.

The order would be linked to the acceptance by the pilots members of the ANPL AF of an agreement concerning the Air France fleet:

“It is this Saturday, July 13 that began the referendum organized by the main Air France pilots’ union, the SNPL AF, for or against the draft agreement on Transavia France. The result of the vote, expected for the morning of 31 July, is the continuation of the development of Air France’s low-cost subsidiary. In the background, an order of several dozens of Boeing 737s in perspective, which would be the first large order of medium-haul aircraft Air France for a long time. “

Help from Europe

On April 2, we published the texte: B737MAX in Europe, Boeing’s biggest Challenge ever. This text raised the fact that Boeing still failed to sell B737MAX to marquee customer in Europe. Since then, IAG has signed an order for 200 MAX and Air France should order a few dozen. These two orders are therefore a reversal of the situation of the MAX in Europe.

The airlines biggest fear

If there is one thing that all major airlines fear, it is to have only one aircraft manufacturer. The situation in which Boeing and the MAX find themselves poses a risk to the airlines. If the MAX had to be removed from production, Airbus would be the sole supplier of single-aisle aircraft. It would then take ten years before Boeing put into production a new plane of 150 to 200 seats.

However, single-aisle aircraft with 150 to 200 passengers are the bread and butter of airlines. Nearly 80% of all passengers travel on short and medium-haul flights of this category. The absence of competition would greatly diminish the bargaining power of the airlines.

So do not be surprised to see the big names order MAX to support the competition. But let’s not be fooled, this support comes with a price, or should we rather say a big discount … A very, very, very big discount.

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