Boeing is aggressively seeking for possible airlines who could buy some of these aircraft to free up some cash since the fate of the 737 MAX jets headed for China is unknown.
And it appears that the planemaker is focusing on a number of airlines, including Air India (AI).
The Indian carrier intends to significantly expand its fleet, which will also include a sizable number of narrowbodies.
Boeing is hoping that AI will take into account some of its MAX aircraft that are prepared to leave its facilities.
India was offered 737 aircraft
While it waits for China to decide on the orders, Boeing is said to have offered some 737 MAX aircraft to Air India.
Given the carrier’s aspirations for a significant fleet expansion, Air India is apparently one of the numerous carriers in which the planemaker is interested.
Bloomberg was informed by a source with knowledge of the situation that Boeing could sell up to 50 aircraft “as is.”
This would entail that the buyer, rather than Boeing, would be responsible for painting and renovating the cabin.
Air India has not made any statements on this, and Boeing has declined to comment.
China’s stand on the MAX
When it comes to making any decisions about the 737 MAX aircraft, China is exercising caution. Even though the rest of the globe is actively employing the jet, not a single unit of the type has been delivered to the country in the past three years.
In the upcoming years, AI may add as many as 300 narrowbody aircraft to its fleet, and both Boeing and Airbus are competing for lucrative orders.
Boeing would probably provide Air India a decent deal given the large number of MAX aircraft it has stored at its facilities, but it is still unclear whether the airline will accept it or not.
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