This week’s featured link:
In strategy shift, Boeing backs 7 MAX: sources – Leeham News
Though this article is about Boeing trying to support the 737-7MAX, that’s not actually what grabbed my eye. United recently purchased some 737-700s from Boeing and apparently is topping that order up instead of going with the Bombardier C-Series or Embraer E-jet. Other than fleet commonality, it’s hard to see how an airplane nobody wants anymore (the -700 series) would get an order from United here. But then there’s this:
Then Boeing swooped in and sold 40 current generation 737-700s to [United] at what [Leeham News] was told was priced in the low-to-mid $20m, well below what [Bombardier] could offer.
According to Boeing, the 2015 list price for a 737-700 is $80.6 million. Nobody pays list price, of course, but that is one insanely hefty discount. And it certainly explains why United shunned what is probably a superior aircraft in the C-Series or Embraer. It’s hard to turn down prices like that.
Two for the road:
A short history of the much-maligned jet bridge – USA Today
This is a great look back at the history of the jet bridge. It’s fun to read, and it explains why we don’t have glass-walled jet bridges in the US like they do elsewhere.
The Real Story of Germanwings Flight 9525 – GQ
I actually find the title of this story misleading. Yes there’s something in this long piece about what actually happened onboard, but the more interesting bits talk about what happened before and after. Who should have caught what and where before this pilot went on his suicide mission? Should Lufthansa have done more for families after the fact? It’s a long read, but it’s worth it if you have 15 minutes to spare.