Dennis Moylenberg announces that he will no longer lead the world's largest aircraft maker • The 737 Max crisis has led Boeing to second place in the new aircraft orders
Boeing CEO Dennis Moylenberg // Photo: Reuters
Boeing CEO Dennis Moylenberg resigned on Monday following the 737 Max crisis, which this year severely damaged the reputation of the world's largest aircraft maker. He was also chairman of the company until a few months ago and then replaced as temporary chairman David Calhoun , Who is a member of the company's board of directors.
Boeing 737 Max's Crisis Crisis Strikes its Soft Belly - Future Orders: For the first time, there are more Airbus A320 orders today than 737 aircraft orders. The number of orders this week reached 15,193 aircraft, compared to 15,136 orders of 737. Airbus jumped to first place Of Indian IndiGo, which has booked 300 aircraft. The gap in favor of Airbus is small, but it does indicate a trend that, because of the Boeing crisis, it looks likely to continue into 2020 as well.
Last year during this period, the gap in the number of bookings was 400 aircraft for Boeing. Today, 7,251 Airbus A320 aircraft are in service, compared to 6,757 Boeing 737 aircraft. To date, a total of 10,563 Boeing 737 aircraft have been delivered to their generations, compared to 9,086 Airbus A320 aircraft. The 320 family began manufacturing in 1988 while Boeing 737 production began in 1965. This picture is likely to change following the Max Model crisis. In October, Boeing delivered 8 aircraft, compared to 59 delivered by Airbus. By October, only Boeing 737 MAX orders were registered with Boeing, against the background of the aircraft's global ground.
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The trend from Boeing to Airbus could have long-term consequences. Most airlines hold one model of aircraft for short, or long flights, to reduce operating expenses. Boeing's crisis could cause airlines to switch entire aircraft fleets to Airbus fleets.
Crisis cause, 737 MAX aircraft production line // Photo: AFP
The US government will try to pressure airlines, especially national ones, to prefer US produce, but airlines today have another problem, from air crews, who prefer not to board 737 MAX planes before making sure their maximum safety is beyond doubt. To make companies move to Airbus, but the transition is not simple, it requires pilot training, mechanics, spare parts equipments and a comprehensive support system.
El Al, for example, has been arguing several times about the possibility of booking Airbus aircraft, but the economic consideration has also been decisive among the many companies that have opted to stick only to Boeing aircraft. Airbus has some successes in the Low Coast companies with the efficient 320 series, mostly of the A320neo, which began selling about six months before 737 Max, and gained 1,000 deliveries prior to the first Max model delivery. The seniority of A320neo aircraft and the high reputation of a faultless aircraft may well be at stake here.