The airline group that owns British Airways is planning to buy 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
Despite hundreds of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft remain grounded, British Airways’ parent company has signed a letter of intent for 200 of the planes.
International Airlines Group (IAG) – the parent company of airlines such as BA , Iberia and Aer Lingus – seem to be unfazed after the model was involved in two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
The accidents were blamed on an anti-stall system known as MCAS, that forced the nose of the aircraft downwards.
A total of 346 people died in the two disasters.
Boeing is working on a fix, but at present there is no set date as to when the plane may fly again.
“We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators,” said IAG chairman Willie Walsh.
“Personally, I wouldn’t hesitate to get on a Max aircraft,” he added.
The shock announcement came at the Paris Air Show where aviation experts are still reeling from the industry-wide fallout from the incidents.
At the start of the show, Boeing’s head of commercial aircraft Kevin McAllister apologised for the crashes.
“We are very sorry for the loss of lives,” he said.
IAG’s preliminary order is set to be ready between 2023 and 2027.