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Virgin Australia cuts 737 Max 8 orderND
Jessica Gardner, The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday 30th April 2019
Virgin Australia, the country’s second largest airline, said Tuesday that it had restructured its order of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes with the embattled airplane manufacturer. Virgin has decided to convert 15 of the 737 Max 8s it had planned to take into the larger Max 10 model. This change will psh out the time at which Virgin receives the new planes from November 2019 to July 2021. New CEO Paul Scurrah made it a priority to address the status of the Boeing order after joining Virgin in March. "Safety is always the No. 1 priority for Virgin Australia. As we have previously stated, we will not introduce any new aircraft to the fleet unless we are completely satisfied with its safety," he said in a statement. "We are confident in Boeing’s commitment to returning the 737 Max to service safely and, as a long-term partner of Boeing, we will be working with them through this process. The new order will see 25 of the Max 10s delivered in two years, and a further 23 of the Max 8s are scheduled for delivery in February 2025.
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