Airlines have again had plenty of orders for a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at an airplane show in Dubai. In total, aircraft were ordered for around 6 billion dollars (5.4 billion euros), despite the fact that the aircraft has been on the ground worldwide since March after two fatal plane crashes.
The crashes with 737 MAX aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. Both accidents were caused by problems with the steering system.
Aircraft authorities have not yet approved the aircraft for commercial flights. That does not prevent airline companies from ordering new 737 MAX aircraft. The largest buyer of the aircraft is Air Astana from Kazakhstan. The airline orders thirty aircraft of the 737 MAX 8 model, with a total value of 3.6 billion dollars.
"We want to make flying affordable for the Kazakhstan," Air Astana executive Alma Aliguzhinova told journalists. She expects Air Astana to be able to use the aircraft at the end of 2021.
Another airline, which is not mentioned by name, ordered another twenty aircraft: ten 737 MAX 7 and ten 737 MAX 10 models.