Skymark Airlines plans to add up to 12 Boeing 737 MAX Jets


Japanese airline Skymark Airlines has revealed plans to add several Boeing 737 MAX series aircraft. The low-cost airline plans to renew its fleet in the next 2-3 years, and the MAX planes seem like a natural progression as it already operates a fleet of older-generation 737s.


Up to 12 aircraft

Skymark Airlines today announced plans to acquire up to 12 737 MAX aircraft as part of its fleet modernization efforts. The airline plans to order four planes, including the 737-8 and 737-10 variants, with options for two more jets.

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Under a separate agreement, it will also add six lessor-owned 737-8s to its fleet. Boeing’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Ihssane Mounir, commented:

“As Skymark Airlines seeks to sustainably grow its fleet, the 737 MAX family offers market-leading efficiency and environmental performance. With commonalities and enhanced capabilities, the 737-8 and 737-10 will allow Skymark Airlines to optimize its fleet across all operations.

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Like many other airlines that have opted for MAX aircraft, Skymark also wants to benefit from the efficiency of the aircraft. The MAX series reduces fuel burn and carbon emissions by 20% and noise footprint by 50% compared to the aircraft they replace. The aircraft family also uses the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets and other aerodynamic enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs.

Recovery mode

Based at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Skymark Airlines is Japan’s third-largest carrier by revenue and currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 29 Next Generation 737-800s. Like carriers around the world, Skymark has also been badly affected during the pandemic and has been forced to take measures to stay afloat, including reducing the working week by 20%.

Skymark Airlines Boeing 737

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But it hopes to benefit from the surge in post-COVID passenger demand and also renew its fleet by 2025. A few days ago, it also applied to be relisted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange to raise funds to fuel its growth. , reshape its finances and invest in technology. and planes. Its latest announcement regarding MAX aircraft is part of its broader turnaround plan.

MAX again in demand

After a few difficult years, Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft are experiencing a strong resurgence. Of the 122 aircraft orders Boeing received in October, 106 were for the MAX family. Much of it was due to massive orders placed by Alaska Airlines and British Airways owner IAG.

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Alaska Airlines placed its largest order last month, announcing it would exercise options to buy 52 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This includes aircraft in the set 737 MAX family – 737-8, 737-9, and the not yet certified 737-10. IAG has also confirmed a firm order for 50 MAX jets, with an option for 100 more.

Clearly, the 737 MAX is on its way to becoming the aircraft of choice for many carriers.

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