It is the first large aircraft order since the beginning of the Corona crisis. Southwest Airlines orders 100 Boeing 737 Maxs and secures options for 155 more jets. </p><div> <p>The world's largest low-cost airline is getting supplies. Southwest Airlines orders 100 Boeing 737 Max 7. The first 30 of these will be delivered in 2022. The airline is also converting orders for 70 Boeing 737 Max 8s into those for Boeing 737 Max 7s.
In addition, Southwest has secured options for 155 Max 7 or Max 8 for the years 2022 to 2029. This means that Airbus is finally out of the running with the A220. The Europeans had also courted the major order.
Southwest leases another Max
In total, Southwest’s order backlog increases to 349 firmly ordered 737 Max (200 Max 7 and 149 Max 8) and 270 options for the period from 2021 to 2031. The airline expects 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 (19 from Boeing, nine from Leasing companies). By the end of 2021, she wants to have a total of 69 Boeing 737 Max 8s in her fleet.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said they were proud to «continue our tradition of being the world’s largest operator of an all-Boeing fleet». The low-cost airline only operates the 737-737-700, 737-800 and 737 Max 8. To replace the 737-700, he had considered ordering an Airbus A220 instead of the Boeing 737 Max to replace the 737-700.
Stability for Boeing
Now Southwest has chosen Boeing again. This is a very important order for the aircraft manufacturer. You bring “stability for Boeing’s largest airliner program and its suppliers,” said the group.
The big question, however, is what the discounts Boeing Southwest gave on the huge order. The analysis portal Air Insight speculated some time ago that Boeing would have to choose between two evils: either to lose the contract to Airbus. Or to offer Southwest such high discounts that the deal is no longer economically attractive for the American aircraft manufacturer.
Many 737-700 should go
Southwest plans to replace a large number of its 462 Boeing 737-700s with more than half of the Boeing 737 Max ordered. To do this, she is aiming for the next 10 to 15 years.