Smallest Boeing 737 Faces an Uncertain Future

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

Boeing Co.’s smallest version of the 737 jetliner faces an uncertain future as Southwest Airlines Co., the carrier that championed the plane, focuses on larger models. Southwest is talking with Boeing about switching some or all of its remaining 56 orders for the 737-700 to a version that seats 32 more passengers, Chief Operating Officer […]

Boeing’s New 737 MAX Is About to Make Flying a Little Less Horrible

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

Two incremental but important changes—wider seats and redesigned bins—have been announced for Boeing’s new 737 MAX, which will take to the skies in 2017. This isn’t just about passenger comfort, either. The changes are also intended to make flying a lot more affordable. At the heart of the 737 MAX project is a promise to […]

Why the World Loves the Boeing 737

SunExpress 737 MAX 8

The single-aisle 737 has been Boeing Co.’s best-selling model for years and makes up for three-fourth of its total backlog. The successful run has only gotten better with the newly launched 737 Max as Boeing has promised the aircraft’s operating cost would be lower than its competitors. The past year saw amazing demand for the […]

Are Boeing and Airbus Building Too Many Jets?

Airbus A330 Production Line

In the past few years, aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus have ramped up production of commercial jets. The popular Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 narrowbody jet families have experienced some of the biggest production increases — and both companies are planning to boost production again in the next few years. Boeing and Airbus insist that […]

Ryanair Orders Three More Boeing Jets

Ryanair 737 Max

Irish budget airline Ryanair has ordered three more Boeing Co. passenger jets. The companies announced Wednesday Ryanair has ordered three Next-Generation 737-800s, an order worth $280 million at list prices. Ryanair now has unfilled orders for 174 NG 737-800s and 100 737 Max 200s. “These Boeing aircraft orders will allow us to expand our fleet […]

Southwest Airlines Completes Inspections That Grounded 128 Planes

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

Southwest Airlines Co said on Friday it has finished inspecting 115 of 128 planes that it briefly pulled out of service on Tuesday when it discovered maintenance checks were overdue, and it expects to complete the rest this weekend. The Dallas-based carrier said the inspections, focused on the backup hydraulic systems of its Boeing Co […]

Southwest briefly grounds 128 Boeing 737s for inspections

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

Southwest Airlines voluntarily grounded 128 Boeing 737 jets Tuesday night after admitting it missed a series of mandatory inspections on the planes. But the grounding was short-lived after federal officials agreed to let Southwest continue to fly the planes as long as they receive the required check in the next five days. Still, the move […]