US aircraft manufacturer Boeing lost an order for 50 737 MAX aircraft from the low-cost Arab airline Flyadeal, an operation it announced last December and was valued at around $ 5.9 billion, compared to rival Airbus, according to reports on Sunday. firms.
In a statement sent to Efe, Boeing indicated that "it continues to focus on putting the 737 MAX safely back into service and resuming the deliveries of the MAX planes," which are paralyzed in almost the entire world, waiting for the authorities to certify an improvement of its control system, involved in two disasters.
"Boeing is proud of its partnership with Saudi Arabia's aviation industry for seven decades and we wish the Flyadeal team the best in extending its operations," the company added in the short note.
This Sunday, Flyadeal announced the purchase of 30 A320 NEO aircraft from the rival manufacturer of Boeing, Airbus, with the option to acquire another 20 aircraft and deliver them all in 2021, so the airline will operate a fleet integrated only by this model, with the that already counted before, according to a statement.
Likewise, the subsidiary of the Saudi state airline said that the purchase agreement was recently signed at the Le Bourget Air Show, north of Paris, where it became clear how Airbus is gaining the commercial pulse of a Boeing weakened by the serious crisis that it crosses its star plane.
The failed purchase agreement between Boeing and Flyadeal represents the first setback for an aeronautics customer, who suffers the consequences of accidents in the Java Sea in October 2018 and in Ethiopia in March of this year, which caused a total of 346 dead
The investigation has not ended but Boeing has acknowledged that the two incidents were caused by a technical failure in the flight control software, the so-called MCAS, for which it has produced a package of improvements that must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ).
In May, Boeing said it had completed that software update and corresponding tests, but at the end of June the FAA found another "potential risk" in it, which the company is now working on resolving so that these planes can fly again.
Boeing has paralyzed deliveries of the device to its customers but continues to produce at a slower pace, 42 units a month, with the idea of accelerating to 57 monthly once the fleet is operational again worldwide.
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