Gecas (75) , Alafco (20), Avalon (15) are not firmed yet...only commitments... lets just count orders. I'm not convinced these 110 planes will be bought until there is an order. So who cares whether these rumored AerowMexico, Copa, GOL have been boiling in the mystical max couldron of commitments? Can we just stopped being lured into this kind of foolish numbers game. An order is an order. Right now...Max has 656 of them...period...I don't care what lay in the bush.
Anyone who has read any of my posts in the past knows that I am fond of the 737NG (The Evolve Threads, The 9ER success Threads), especially the 737-900ER. So naturally, I am excited by the prospects for the 9Max. But at the moment, quicker time to market and equal to or better performance (capability/efficiency) have the NEO outselling the MAX. Commitments don't reverse that trend, only firm orders. If we become disenchanted by sales numbers, do we start tallying Options too, MOUs too, LOIs too?
Let's stop guestimating with the Max and just talk about firm orders, a truly objective measure.
Of course I want both planes to achieve parity (which means neither manufacturer is settling, but being driven hard by the other)... It can be done by delivery slots, pricing, efficiency, capability, etc... What ever it takes. But only actual sales (orders) can determine if either plane has what it takes.
Sorry for the soap box posturing, but thread after thread of talk of commitments, lois, mous, I took a brochure, yada, yada, yada is beginning to just look like a silly attempt to detract from the headstart success the NEO is enjoying at the moment.
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