The 737 MAX could be joining the Qantas fleet. That’s according to remarks made last week by the airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce. The Qantas chief sees the opportunity for a bargain with benefits for both Qantas and Boeing.
Qantas looking to replace existing 737-800 fleet
Qantas operates 75 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These narrowbodies are the workhorse of the airline’s domestic fleet. However, they are starting to age. Last year, several Qantas 737s were grounded when cracks were found in their pickle forks.
The airline is looking to start replacing these 737-800 aircraft. On the airline’s metaphorical radar are aircraft from the A320 family and the 737 MAX. However, there’s the obvious issue of the 737 MAX having been grounded for nearly a year following two crashes that killed 346 people.