Certifications: no Boeing 737 MAX 7 delivered this year

2023-07-28 09:00:00

The first deliveries of Boeing MAX 7 will be shifted to 2024the same year being hoped for the version MAX 10.

In a file presented to the stock market authorities after the publication of its quarterly financial results (an improvement over one year) on July 26, 2023, the American aircraft manufacturer made official what low cost Southwest Airlines in particular feared: “We continue to expect that the 737-7 either certified in 2023, and we now expect first delivery in 2024.” Regarding the largest model in the MAX family, Boeing added: “We continue to expect the 737-10 begins FAA certification flight testing in 2023, with first delivery in 2024.”

Southwest is by far the best customer of the smallest of Boeing’s re-engined single-aisle aircraft with 234 aircraft initially expected (ahead of Allegiant with 30 and WestJet with 22, no other customer). The low cost hoped at the end of the first quarter 31 deliveries of 737-7 this year, and 189 now expected by 2029 (it has already exchanged some for faster available 737-8s).

The low cost said yesterday: “the company continues to plan approximately 70 Boeing 737-8 deliveries and 26 retirements of 737-700s in 2023, to end the year with 814 aircraft. The 737-7 delivery schedule depends on the issuance by the FAA required certifications and approvals; and the FAA will ultimately determine the timing for certification and entry into service of the 737-7 Boeing may continue to experience supply chain challenges, so the company makes no guarantees as to the ‘accuracy of current estimates and schedules’.

Remember that the FAA is still hanging around for certify these two models of the MAX family, following revelations about the behavior of Boeing during that of the MAX 8 – whose planes killed 346 people in crashes at Lion Air and then Ethiopian Airlines, resulting in the immobilization of the global MAX fleet for twenty months. THE MAX 7 and 10 escaped having to install an additional crew alert system after the US Congress (supported by Southwest pilots aptly) exempted them from the Aircraft Certification and Safety Act of 2020. However, an amendment still requires both models to be fitted with two systems to improve safety, including an improved synthetic angle of attack system and a system to disable stall warning and overspeed alerts. These systems are also to be included on the MAX 8 and 9, and installed in in-service aircraft.

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Boeing states on this subject in the filing submitted to the SEC: In 2022 we have provisioned the costs estimated associated with safety enhancements that will be required on all new and previously delivered 737 MAX aircraft (…). We do not expect these costs to be material. If we experience delays in achieving certification and/or integrating security enhancements, future revenues, cash flow and results of operations could be adversely affected. ».


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