The American company Alaska Airlines has ordered 52 additional Boeing 737 MAX, including 42 copies of a version still uncertified and currently on the hot seat, the American aircraft manufacturer announced on Wednesday.
While the MAX-9 version with a capacity of 178 seats was certified in early 2018, the MAX-7 and MAX-10 versions are still not. The fate of the MAX-10, the largest medium-haul version with 204 passengers, is in the hands of the US Congress, which must decide by the end of December whether or not to grant an exemption to a law imposing new standards. for the crew alerting system. Boeing boss Dave Calhoun hinted in an interview with Aviation Week this summer that the company could scrap the MAX 10 if it didn’t get a waiver or get certified by the end of the year. .
Last month, the Canadian company WestJet had also announced the order of 42 copies of the MAX-10 and put an option for 22 additional aircraft. The announcement of the Alaska Airlines order comes as Boeing reported a further $3.3 billion third-quarter loss on Wednesday.
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