Boeing is struggling somewhat with its comeback, with some electrical problems with the MAX (not in any way related to previous grave problems causing the grounding), some rivet issues with the 777 and some fuselage snags on the 787. Meanwhile FAA has been forced to cancel some delegated manufacturing safety standard supervision granted to Boeing, which should by all means be a good move, provided people at at FAA know what they are talking about, which is not necessary always the case when it comes to government agencies.
In the midst of all this, Boeing can rejoice when looking at new orders. Southwest has ordered 100 737 MAX-7, adding to the previous 249 orders and 115 options through 2021 to 2026, with another 165 options up to 2031. All speculations that Southwest might be panning a shift to Airbus are thus effectively out the window.
More joy. FlyDubai has 237 MAX on order, taking delivery coming months of MAX-8 and MAX-9 already produced, sitting waiting in Seattle.
Ryanair recently raised its order of MAX-8-200 from 135 to 210, calling it a game changer, its CEO thrilled about the efficiency, economy and the 8 extra seats compared the their 737-800NG.
Alaska Air purchases 23 737 MAX-9, increasing orders and options to 120, and a backer of low-cost Flair Airlines has ordered 23 MAX-8.
With the above, Boeing is for the first time in a long period outpacing Airbus, with its Covid-19 losses.
Meanwhile the industry suffers economic problems, more now than before. To alleviate some pressure you can as a low-cost airline make sure that you have the cheapest pilots available. To do that you can make a list a list of pilots who are sick a lot, take more fuel than absolute minimum, cancel flights for reasons of fatigue or too many technical snags, and such. Too much of that and they are out. All this you can do as long as you don’t tell anyone. If you do, then you are out. Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has replaced its flight operations chief after he was apparently recorded telling his team to draw up a redundancy list of pilots who were often sick or ”caused grief” while sparing cheaper contract crew, which he preferred: ”They’re easy to manage because we can let them go at any time. They only have 24 days of (leave) and they’re incredibly cheap,” the manager says, before concluding: ”Sharpen your pencils and let’s see what you can come up with.”
Of course he had to go, since the airline has safety as priority number one. Fly cheap, and enjoy the thrill.