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[Inglês] Lufthansa plans to buy either Boeing 737 MAX or Airbus A320neo


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Depois do 787-9 e 777X, talvez venha o 737 Max 8 na Lufthansa.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to buy a triple-digit number of either Boeing 737 MAX or Airbus A320neo jetliners to expand its fleet, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said on Tuesday.

“We have not lost our trust in Boeing” following two fatal 737 MAX crashes and the grounding earlier this month of the worldwide fleet of that aircraft, Spohr said in a meeting with reporters.

“They’ve built wonderful aircraft over the decades, and I am sure they will fix the current issue,” Spohr said of Boeing.

Lufthansa expects to make a decision on its narrow-body 737 or A320 purchases next year, Spohr said. The airline does not currently have 737 MAX planes in its fleet or on order.

Spohr said regulators in Europe and elsewhere may apply greater scrutiny in certifying aircraft, such as Boeing’s 777X.

He declined to say how long it might take or what regulators might require to restore flying permission for the 737 MAX, after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that claimed 346 lives.

But he said the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing would solve any problems, and noted that summer bookings show a strong trend, suggesting that air travel demand has not waned.

“Between Boeing and the FAA, I think this country will not rest until you have gone to the ground of what really happened there and is there something to improve.”

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Vai sair 50/50 na melhor das hipóteses, uma compra pela Lufthansa não só envolve ela, mas as unidades Swiss, Austrian e Eurowings-Brussels. Sem falar que movimentará a economia alemã, pois os A320 saem de XFW.

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Uma eventual compra do Max pela Lufthansa traria credibilidade ao projeto que ficou com a imagem arranhada. Não duvidaria de um desconto generoso por parte da Boeing, com o intuito de viabilizar o negócio.

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Uma eventual compra do Max pela Lufthansa traria credibilidade ao projeto que ficou com a imagem arranhada. Não duvidaria de um desconto generoso por parte da Boeing, com o intuito de viabilizar o negócio.

A Lufthansa adora fazer um agrado para a Boeing quando ninguém acredita, fez quando lançaram o B747-8 e ninguém quis, mesmo tendo 15 pedidos do A380 na época,emplacou outros 15 B747-8, mas o curioso é que não faz tempo que a LH retirou todos 737s,seria ,no mínimo, estranho,voltar ao B737

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A Boeing pagaria a conta para ver o MAX ser rentável de volta?

 

Com os desastres recentes, e o cancelamento de ordens de compra do MAX por parte de alguns operadores, o preco do metal iria cair drasticamente.

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Lufthansa chief believes 737 Max 'safe' to order

 

27/03/2019

 

Lufthansa Group chief executive Carsten Spohr believes the Boeing 737 Max is safe to order, as the group evaluates options for a significant narrowbody replacement programme.

"The 737 Max, I believe, will be, by that time, a safe aircraft to order and fly," he tells reporters on the planned order, which Lufthansawill begin taking delivery of around 2023, in Washington DC today.

The Frankfurt-based group is considering the 737 Max along with the Airbus A220, Airbus A320neo and Embraer E-Jet E2 families to replace older Airbus A319 and Bombardier CRJ aircraft in the fleets of its operating carriers. It plans to place an order in 2020 with deliveries beginning three years later.

The Lufthansa Group had 115 A319s and 35 CRJs operated by Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss at the end of 2018, its latest fleet plan shows. It had firm narrowbody orders for two A220s, seven A320, and 133 A320neo family aircraft at the time.

Lufthansa's consideration of the 737 Max for its next narrowbody order comes as Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel its commitment for 50 of the type, and Lion Air threatens to terminate its orders. The moves follow two separate crashes of 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian and Lion Air shortly after takeoff since October.

Spohr's comments came as US legislators and regulators prepared to convene hearings on Capitol Hill on federal oversight of the industry, including the 737 Max certification process.

"My trust in the system now, after [these] accidents, is very high," Spohr says of the on-going investigations into what caused the recent 737 Max crashes.

"There will be, in my view, no permission to have the aircraft take to the air unless the smart and intelligent people involved have determined there's no more risk," he says.

The US Federal Aviation Administration followed other aviation regulators in grounding the 737 Max on 13 March.

Spohr was set to meet with officials, including US transportation secretary Elaine Chao and the German ambassador, in Washington DC today, he says.

Lufthansa was the second largest European group after International Airlines Group (IAG) serving the USA in 2018, Cirium schedules data shows. Its carriers operated nearly 13% of capacity across the North Atlantic.

While the FAA has come under scrutiny for its certification of the 737 Max, Spohr calls the situation "exceptional" and emphasises a need for continued global cooperation for major aircraft programmes, including the upcoming certification of the Boeing 777X.

 

 

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lufthansa-chief-believes-737-max-safe-to-order-456954/

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