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Boeing’s Top Chinese Customer Removes 737 Max From Fleet Plans
Published on: 2022-05-18
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Boeing Co.’s biggest airline customer in China has removed more than 100 of the U.S. manufacturer’s 737 Max jets from its near-term fleet plans, citing uncertainty over deliveries.

China Southern Airlines Co. Chairman Ma Xu Lun said at an investor briefing last week that Boeing’s updated best-selling aircraft would be excluded from fleet deliveries through 2024. The carrier expects to take delivery of 78 aircraft in total over the period, down from 181 in a previous forecast in March.

An investor relations representative for the airline said Friday the Max wasn’t included due to “uncertainty surrounding the delivery,” without providing further details.

The move is a sharp reversal for China Southern, which had outlined plans to rapidly expand its 737 Max fleet, saying in its annual report in March that 39 were due to arrive this year, building toward a total of 103 deliveries through 2024.

China Southern forecast in 2019 it would be operating 523 jets from Boeing’s narrowbody family by this year, most of which would have been Max aircraft. At the end of 2021, the airline—China’s largest—had a fleet of 399 Boeing narrowbodies, according to its latest annual report. It also had 334 Airbus SE A320 series narrowbodies at the end of last year.


中国南方航空公司发言人周二(5月17日)表示,波音公司737 MAX喷气式飞机的交付时间表尚未确定。这意味着波音公司最大的中国客户已经从其机队计划中剔除了100多架737Max飞机。



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