KLM is currently deciding between the MAX, MAX and MAX for their NB replacement. There is almost no chance they will order anything else. They are just waiting for the negative publicity to die down before they order.
KLM is not a standalone company any more. Future aircraft orders will have significant input from the group management. AF-KLM management is not blind to the advantages Lufthansa has with it's latest A320 fleet that is standardized across all airlines.
Just a question: when you look at IAG you see that almost all of the airlines operate A320s. Is it something for AF-KLM to have A320s at AF and have A320s at KLM?
You are aware IAG signed a LOI this year to purchase 200 737MAX aircraft? It's not an order yet of course, but when asked about it Willie Walsh said they didn't want to be dependent on one manufacturer. AF-KL is no different. And it's very sensible, if one aircraft family is affected by something that serious as a grounding, not every airline of the group is hit. WN is now considering to leave their one aircraft family strategy. Airlines like AA and TK are not as seriously hit by the MAX grounding.
I respect you're hesitant about flying on a MAX in the future. There are more members on this forum feeling the same. Heck, even I said I would avoid the MAX whenever possible after the ET crash. Reality is, hardly anyone refused to fly on the MAX after the ET crash and before the grounding. When the grounding is lifted, people will board it, most people won't even notice.
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