Boeing misses out, once again...
Amidst the Boeing 737 MAX issues, Saudi budget airline, flyadeal has withdrawn it's order of 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which would have cost the airline a total cost of $5.9 billion (£4.7 billion).
Instead of purchasing the Boeing planes, Flyadeal will instead take a delivery of 30 Airbus A320neos - "This order will result in flyadeal operating an all-Airbus A320 fleet in the future", the Saudi airline said.
Boeing responded to this change saying, "We understand that flyadeal will not finalise its commitment to the 737 MAX at this time given the airline's schedule requirements."
Boeing's 737 MAX has been expected to get back to the skies in the next few months, and British Airways owner, International Airlines Group has full faith in Boeing, and has consequently signed an order for at least 200 737 MAX jets, worth more than $24 billion (£19.1 billion), with deliveries of these jets from 2023 through to 2027.
While IAG are a firm believer in Boeing, many other airlines including Oman Air and flydubai are threatening to withdraw their orders with Boeing and swapping to Airbus aircraft instead as replacements for their MAX aircraft.
Meanwhile, Boeing has been given a list by European aviation safety regulators, comprising of outstanding issues with the 737 MAX jets, which they are required to resolve before the jets will be able to return to the European skies.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to get these regulations and issues ironed out before they're put back into service.
Boeing has responded to their lists, saying that they have continued to "engage with regulators and providing information as we work towards the safe return to service for the MAX".