Nothing like a confidence boosting 200 plane order for the highly criticized Boeing 737 MAX jet at the Paris Airshow. British Airways CEO Willie Walsh said,
“We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months.”
There is no doubt Boeing offered a competitive price to generate some positive news spin since the crisis erupted. As CM always contended,
“Ultimately the market will decide on the 737MAX. The plane has a 4,000+ unit backlog. Even if airlines wanted to change to A320neos, the switching costs would be prohibitively expensive in terms of pilot certification, maintenance and joining the end of an equally long queue. The order book is unlikely to suffer widespread cancellations.”
The mainstream media proves again its proclivity for sensationalist journalism without understanding the industry dynamics or the facts.