December 23rd According to a report by Chinese website of the United States, Alaska Airlines announced on the 22nd local time that it would purchase 68 Boeing 737Max aircraft, which exceeded the original number of purchases.
It is said that this is the first order received by Boeing in the United States after it was approved to fly back.
The report said that the coronavirus epidemic has been “adding to worse” for Boeing.
The previous two fatal air crashes have banned 737Max for nearly two years, and the aviation industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic, and Boeing has had to lower the price of aircraft.
This time, Alaska Airlines did not disclose the specific purchase price.
Alaska Airlines is headquartered in Seattle, adjacent to the Boeing 737Max model manufacturing plant.
It is said that Alaska Airlines plans to gradually replace all its Airbus aircraft with Boeing’s airliners in the next few years, saying that this will save the company a lot of costs.
Alaska Airlines is reportedly expected to launch the 737Max model from the end of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, and is expected to become the first airline to fly the 737Max again together with American Airlines.
In addition, United Airlines will start operating 737Max on round-trip routes between Houston and Denver on February 11, 2021.
Earlier in December 2020, Ryanair, the European budget airline, announced an order for 75 Boeing 737Max aircraft, the first large order for the airliner to be grounded for 20 months due to two major air crashes.
In October 2018 and March 2019, two Boeing 737Max aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia crashed one after another, killing 346 people.
After two air crashes, the Boeing 737Max was banned worldwide in March 2019.
In November 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the lifting of the “fly ban” for Boeing 737Max aircraft.