After eight months without registering any orders, Boeing this week announced an agreement for the sale of two 737 MAX 8s and two more options for the Polish airline Enter Air.
Enter Air was founded in 2010 and operates an exclusive fleet of 737, with 22 NG models and two MAX. If the purchase agreement is fully exercised, the company will have a fleet of 10 737 MAX.
“Despite the current crisis, it is important to think about the future. To that end, we have agreed to order additional 737-8 aircraft,” said Grzegorz Polaniecki, general director of Enter Air.
Despite this, Enter Air obtained financial compensation for the delay in original deliveries due to the grounding of the aircraft. Part of the initial order was also rescheduled due to lower demand in the market.
According to data from Boeing, since last December the 737 MAX had not received an order when Southwest closed the purchase of a unit. In all, the jet had 47 orders in 2019 and none in 2020 until the agreement with Enter Air.
In the press release, the US airframer referred to the jet as 737-8, omitting the MAX term in the article’s title. Nevertheless, in the text there are several references to the term for which the new generation became known.
There is a concern on the market about the reaction of passengers flying on the 737 MAX after the safety problems that resulted in the crash of two jets between 2018 and 2019. For the Enter Air executive this does not seem like a problem: “Following the rigorous checks that the 737 MAX is undergoing, I am convinced it will be the best aircraft in the world for many years to come,” said Polaniecki.