What Airlines Have The Boeing 737 MAX On Order?

Several operators around the world have grounded their Boeing 737 MAX aircraft after the second Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in only five months. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has requested Chinese airlines to suspend the operation of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft over safety concerns.

Currently, there are approximately 350 737 MAX aircraft in operation. However, Boeing has received more than 5,000 737 MAX orders from over 100 customers around the globe. In fact, the 737 MAX is Boeing’s fastest-selling aircraft ever.

Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 can carry up to 210 passengers. Photo: Boeing.

The current average price of the aircraft is $99.7 million for the 737 MAX 7, $121.6 million for the 737 MAX 8, $128.9 million for the 737 MAX 9, and $134.9 million for the 737 MAX 10.

What airlines have the Boeing 737 MAX on order?

Based on information provided by Boeing, as of the end of January 2019, there were 4,661 unfilled orders for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Even though leasing companies have placed many of these orders, over 2,400 of them were made by airlines. There are also 1,045 orders from unidentified customers.

Let’s take a look at the list of airlines awaiting delivery of the aircraft. (This list contains open orders for all members of the 737 MAX family, not broken down by type.)

CustomerNumber of Aircraft on Order
Aerolineas Argentinas9
Aeromexico55
Air Canada41
Air Europa20
Air Niugini4
Air Peace10
Alaska Airlines32
American Airlines78
Arik Air8
Blue Air6
China Southern Airlines34
Comair Limited8
Copa Airlines56
Donghai Airlines25
Enter Air4
Ethiopian Airlines25
Fiji Airways3
flydubai237
Garuda Indonesia49
GOL Linhas Aereas129
Icelandair2
Jeju Air40
Jet Airways125
Jetlines5
Korean Air30
Lion Air187
Malaysia Airlines25
Nok Air6
Norwegian Air Shuttle92
Okay Airways9
Oman Air20
Ruili Airlines36
Ryanair135
SilkAir32
SkyUp Airlines7
Smartwings7
Southwest Airlines249
SpiceJet129
SunExpress Airlines32
TAROM Romanian Air Transport5
TUI Travel61
Turkish Airlines68
Turkmenistan Airlines3
United Airlines124
UTair Aviation28
VietJet Air100
Virgin Australia Airlines40
WestJet Airlines43

As we can see, among the airlines, Southwest Airlines has the most open orders with 249. Southwest is closely followed by Dubai’s low-cost carrier flydubai, who are awaiting the delivery of 237 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Lion Air comes in at number three with 187 open orders.

Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft
Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft have been popular with airlines and aircraft leasing companies alike. Photo: Boeing.

Will some airlines cancel their orders due to safety concerns?

Reportedly, Lion Air was thinking about canceling $22 billion worth of Boeing 737 MAX orders after the crash, because the airline felt “betrayed.” Nonetheless, the airline has not canceled any orders to date.

Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8
Lion Air is awaiting the delivery of 187 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Photo: Wikimedia.

According to the Malaysian newspaper Malay Mail, Malaysian Airlines has not made ‘any immediate decision on whether [the airline] will continue with its purchase for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 after [the] second crash’. Currently, the airline does not have any 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet, although they are expecting the first to be delivered next year

There are no official reports of other airlines weighing their options yet.

Do you think that airlines will cancel their orders for the aircraft after the two crashes?

5 comments
    1. Actually, it is very useful article, I will not fly with any company having 737 Max in its fleet. It might be overreacting, but it is my right to decide so.

  1. Having 30 years in commercial aircraft engineering I’m not sure I’d pick a 737 MAX over the A320 if both were in front of me. I dont think its right that a B737 Max should be a 737 at all. I think Boeing have pushed the B737 Type Certificate beyond its elastic limit! I would question the long term safety of an aircraft that requires software to solve what is an aerodynamic issue!

  2. Tony L – as a frequent flier to far-flung family (fftfff!) that is worrying me. I remember seeing reports most/all planes could lose one or more engines and stay aloft and/or glide maybe to a safe landing; would this still be the case if a plane relies on software to stay up. Maybe it’s OK, but…? And up to recently, I admired Boeing as a builder and was always happy to be in one (though Airbus was OK too)

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