United Buys Used Planes to Compensate for 737 Max Issues
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United Airlines bought used planes from Boeing to compensate for the shortfall following the issues with the Boeing 737 Max.
The move was shown in United’s Q2 earnings report. Some experts expect the 737 Max grounding could last until winter. The plane was grounded in March after two separate crashes, three months apart, on Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines killed 346 people.
Boeing is working to fix the apparent software problem related to the crashes.
United said it signed an agreement to buy 19 used Boeing 737-700 aircraft, though the report didn’t say which airline the purchase is from. The 737-700 is not affected by the issues related to the Max planes.
United canceled flights on the 737 Max through November, the fifth time the airline, along with American and Southwest, extended cancellations as they wait for the FAA to approve the plane for flight.
It’s expected other airlines may follow in purchasing used planes to compensate for the continued grounding and to help make up for flight cancellations.