"We fully rely on Boeing and expect the aircraft to be successfully back in service in the coming months, following regulatory approval," he said he Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG.
"We truly feel honored and honored by the leadership of the International Airlines Group for trusting Boeing's 737 Max and ultimately the people," said Kevin McAllister, CEO of the company's commercial aircraft division.
Boeing said the list price for 200 of the 737 Max jets would be approximately $ 24 billion. However, an industry expert said that any sale of the 737 Max is likely to result in significant discounts at this time.
"This is a very positive development for both sides: Boeing has been honored by a prestigious airline group, and the IAG receives a high approval discounted jet," said Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst at Teal Group. 1
Although the sale of the IAG is ongoing, it is a far more significant announcement than the sale of Korean Air, and not only because the 737 Max was the first Focus on so many questions and uncertainties.
"Memoranda of Understanding are not generally meaningful, but they are very meaningful," Abou said lafia.
Boeing and Airbus are a duopoly and basically control the commercial jet market for airlines around the world. But as much as they compete, it is usually very difficult to get an airline flying a manufacturer's aircraft to buy versions of a competing aircraft. They prefer to allow pilots to move freely between all the aircraft that could be deployed on a particular route, and two types of aircraft also increase parts and maintenance costs.
"At this stage of the ordering cycle, it's pretty unusual for an airline to switch," Aboulafia said. "It is certainly remarkable."
Nevertheless, there may be advantages when an airline buys a competing aircraft type, says Walsh, CEO of the IAG.
Meanwhile, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said to CNN on Tuesday that he is not too worried about losing that sale to Boeing.
I do not think it's a hit, "he said," We're very successful at the moment with our own gear. We have a lot of orders and we see the future very much [positively]. "
And Aboulafia said he does not expect that this will trigger a flood of orders for the 737 Max, many airlines already have orders for the single aisle
"That does not change the fact that most people already have what they need in the pipeline," he said.
] Due to the large order backlog of 737 Max., It is unlikely that IAG will receive these aircraft over a period of at least several years, until then the current questions about the safety of the 737 Max could long be forgotten by many aviators.
– CNN's Melissa Bell contributed to this report.