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Delta Set for Boeing 737 MAX Deal

After the pandemic-induced early retirement of its Boeing 777 fleet, Delta Air Lines replaced the massive scale model of the plane prominently displayed in the lobby of its Atlanta headquarters with an Airbus A350-900. ( More...

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Mike Boote 13
I love how the bulk of this article is behind a paywall. Still, I will believe this order when Delta acknowledges it, and starts receiving the 737. This rumor rears its head every year and has never materialized. Keep in mind the 737 MAX10 is still not certified and may never be. I still cannot see where the MAX10 satisfies any of Delta's needs. Maybe I'm wrong, but their existing firm order for 155 A321NEO's satisfies whatever need that the MAX10 would fill.
Michael Yentzer 2
We continue to see the demise of the large Airliner and the continue growth of the 737/A320 size airliner. The Air Travel industry is under historical pressure to change and that change is towards serving more and smaller airports with smaller passanger loads, less then 100 passanger per flight. This is being caused by "Zoom" and "Skype" technology replacing the need for business travel and the explosion of leasure Travel to more diverse destinations away from large Metro areas. In short the SouthWest style Airlines are the wave of the Future. The next Airliner revolution is going to be to the SuperCruise Mach 1+ Aircraft for the Super 1st Class traveler who need to travel and time is important. Also keep an Eye on SpaceX's Starship concept of flying 100 passangers from NYC to Tokyo in under 1 hour or from London to Sydney in similar time. Or Atmosphere Skipping Aircraft that fly between Mach 5 to Mach 20. Note the Space Shuttle re-entry speed was Mach 25+ the world of aviation understands the dynamics of Hypersonic travel. If Polution is your thing then Using Hydrogen and Oxygen buring engines is Ideal for this type of world travel.
Peter Fuller 5
“We continue to see the demise of the large Airliner and the continue growth of the 737/A320 size airliner.”

True, because….
- Range of 737/A320 sized airliners has increased as new variants have been developed, so large widebodies are no longer the only choice for longer routes like transcontinental, transatlantic, North America-Hawaii.
- Customers want more frequent flights and airlines compete using smaller planes to provide them: a dozen A321 trips JFK-LAX instead of six 767s.
- To paraphrase Robert Crandall, nobody goes broke from flying a plane that’s too small.

None of which explains why Delta might want a new type, the 737-10 MAX, rather than more A321neos….
Richard Morgan 5
As a frequent traveler on long routes I hate the 737 I think it is the worst passenger centric plane ever, and the most dangerous too. Feels like you are riding on a bus with bad suspension. With the massive pilot shortages I makes no sense why airlines are going away from the wide-bodies on the longer routes. Every flight is full, but fixing that by adding a flight is crazy, there are no pilots, landing slots are so tight delays are almost guaranteed, bigger more comfortable planes are the answer. I would rather have to take off 1 hour earlier or 1 hour later and fly a 787 any and every time vs 737. I think the truth is Boeing is such a mess they they cannot profitably make anything other than a 737, so that is all they are pushing on the airlines.
John D 3
I agree with our comments on ride comfort. I flew from Austin to Amsterdam recently on a Dreamliner and the ride was awesome. I had a connecting flight on an Embraer 190 and it felt like I was riding in a trash truck. 737/A320's are similar, you get used to the ride, but after a ride on a 787 or similar contemporary wide-body, I have no interest in riding on a 737.
I'd rather fly in a A320 than in a B737
kelliott3ster 1
These numbers may be out of date, but according to Boeing:
Sales goal 2022 500
1st Q sales: 86
Production: 47/month
Beginning Inventory 2022: 335
At the end of the 1st quarter, they hadn't made a dent in their inventory.
If Delta acquires them, it would be at rock bottom prices
Delta have 77 800s and 159 900ERs.
Supposedly, one of the selling points: pilots didn't need extensive training on the Max.
Don't get me wrong - just looking at those big engines sticking out of the wings - the plane looks totally unstable. You're depending on some IT guy to get the programming correct for all eventualities.


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