American 767 wrote:
Me neither I don't see why, other than the fact that Air France has a lot of Airbus narrowbodies in its fleet. Likewise one would ask: "Why didn't Air France order NG737s?" The only reason I see why Air France would buy NG 737s is KLM and Transavia have those.
I can see KLM ordering the MAX eventually. What will be interesting is which variants as they operate a fair few 700s and 5 or 6 900s and with Schipol getting more slot restricted i'm wondering if they'll replace the 700s with MAX 8s and the 900s with MAX 10s. With Air France i think politically they probably have to have a large Airbus fleet and it makes sense to make that the short haul side. Will be interesting to see if they order the C Series now it's effectively an Airbus jet.
Replacing the 700s with larger variants is possible, even though these are fairly young it appears 4 of them will be replaced by newly leased 800s. The 900s have little resale value so these will probably stay as long as economically viable. The oldest 738s may very well be replaced by MAX-10s.
Regarding KL's 737-700's, latest rumor is that ALL 18 KL -700s will be phased out between 2019 and 2022, to be replaced by a larger variant (said to be -800s). Main reason I believe is that the unions have demanded a 4th FA on all 737-700s, which would make the 737-700 not economical to operate anymore. Source is the cabin crew unions' web magazine.
Where the other 14 larger 737s will come from is unknown. First 4 will be new ones and leased.
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