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IAG keeps trust in Boeing 737 MAX

Comair Boeing 737 MAX 8 in British Airways livery

- 18 June 2019 -
Surprise, surprise! International Airlines Group (IAG) announced at the Paris Air Show today that it intends to build up a fleet of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes. The parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL signed a letter of intent for 200 aircraft.

Remarkable is that none of the IAG airlines currently flies Boeing 737s on their short-haul operations. Aer Lingus and British Airways used to be 737 operators in the past, but replaced their 737 fleets with Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

IAG chief executive 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 having received approval from the regulators.'

IAG wants to operate a combination of the 737 MAX 8 and the larger 737 MAX 10. The airline did not disclose a specific split between the two MAX models. It anticipates deploying the MAX aircraft at a number of the group's airlines, including British Airways Gatwick, Vueling and LEVEL. (Photo: Boeing)

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