2019 has definitely been a disturbing year for Boeing, but as the year comes to an end Boeing could possibly see some hope for the upcoming year 2020. The grounding of the 737MAX has led to a significant loss of revenue and most importantly loss of customer trust. To make it worse the airframer has been charged a weighty fine of $3.9 million by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for faulty slat tracks in its 737 aircraft. If Boeing manages to keep aside the negativity that 2019 brought to the company, 2020 could be one of the most successful years for the airframer.
Let’s see how
No doubt the 737MAX blunder has been under the focus of the media however in 2020 the aircraft is most likely to restart operations. Boeing seems confident that the 737MAX will begin operations again in the upcoming year. The company is currently seeking approval from the FAA and if things go right; the aircraft will hit the skies once again in the new year. The return of the 737 will allow Boeing to relieve itself from its agony. It will be able to deliver the pending orders and most importantly prove to the world its manufacturing capabilities.
What’s next is the New Midsize Airplane (NMA), also known as 797. The development of this aircraft lies somewhere between a real project and a speculative concept. Major carriers like Qantas have shown interest in this aircraft however there is no production start date yet. Boeing has not let anyone in on this secret. But if Boeing can get this plan up and running it would make Boeing’s 2020 a lot better.
Moving onto the 777X, 2020 is the year for the 777X flight testing. With ceaseless engine issues with the installation of the General Electric engine GE9X and a ruptured fuselage, there has been a delay in the operational suitability of this aircraft in 2019. Boeing, however, plans to take the first test flight of the Boeing 777X at the start of the new year.
The Emirates will rigorously test the aircraft to make sure of its durability. If all goes well, 2020 will be an important year for the Boeing 777X, making way for deliveries in the years to come. What makes the Boeing 777X special is the enhanced passenger experience at lower operating costs, mind-blowing engines, and its folding wingtips, this could give Boeing a really good advantage in the industry.
Airbus has definitely snatched a few of Boeing’s orders but Boeing won’t sit back. No doubt the airframer has a lot of covering up to do. But with the right certification and the development of new aircraft, there is an ocean of opportunities for Boeing to prove dominant in the years to come.