International Airlines Group has announced that they have signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, designating them 737-8 and 737-10 in a move that many may see as a quick route to bringing acceptance from passengers, who may not to fly on aircraft that have had two fatal accidents so far this year.
The aircraft, set to be operated by Vueling, LEVEL and British Airways are set to be delivered between 2023 and 2027, being powered by the CFM LEAP 1B. At list prices the the deal is worth more than $24bn US.
Speaking in a press release, Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG stated, “We’re very pleased to sign this letter of intent with Boeing and are certain that these aircraft will be a great addition to IAG’s shorthaul fleet.
“We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators”.
Airbus have responded by asking IAG to complete for the order, with recent events meaning that the 737 Max is currently grounded and only Airbus have a product that meets the requirements and is currently operational.
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception