From a source I have at one airline... No.
They took delivery of an ex-Jet 737 and have basically had to strip it back because the book doesn't match reality!
Interesting, so they want the aircraft knowing they have to spend money on getting it upto speed. And even then it is worth it for them compared to finding other sources for their needs.
Shortage of frames, following MAX grounding, reduces available choice.
The cost to do a "bridging check", or whatever this refurbishing is called, is inevitable anyway -- unless the plane is to be scrapped. I would gather, there must be an arrangement between leasing company and lessee -- who would eat this extra cost -- of bringing a frame, repossessed from a collapsing operator, back to speed.
This is like buying a house. I agree to pay X unless more than Y of repairs is found in the inspection. The issue is this inspection costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, so much is found later.
The Jet Airways 737s were not well maintained. Because of the MAX situation, the leasing companies did ok. These aircraft are worth enough to be brought back to flying condition, but the process would have been different if not for the MAX.
Once the MAX grounding is lifted, we will see about 800 inducted into service quickly. That shock to the airline industry will be felt quickly. For example, SpiceJet will suddenly have a substantial fleet and the Jet MAXes will find a home. Expect a shock to fares downward as capacity is added.
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