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Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

It was Ryanair's decision to change MAX name, says Boeing



Boeing claims it changed the name on Ryanair's new 737-MAX aircraft to 737-8200 at the airline's request.


The manufacturer said it has no plans to drop the MAX name itself, at least not for the time being.
It was speaking after photos emerged of a new 737 painted in the Ryanair livery but with the MAX removed from its fuselage. Instead this was replaced with '8200'.


 





The photographs led to speculation that Boeing planned to drop the name MAX after the aircraft was involved in two fatal crashes, in Indonesia and Ethiopia. It has since been banned from flying until Boeing can fix a fault that was believed to have caused both disasters.


However, a Boeing spokesman said the change of the name on the Ryanair livery was down to Ryanair.
He added: "Our immediate focus is the safe return of the Max to service and re-earning the trust of airlines and the travelling public.


"We remain open-minded to all input from customers and other stakeholders, but have no plans at this time to change the name of the 737 Max."


President Donald Trump previously urged the company to change the name.


Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX is likely to extend into 2020.


Ryanair, which ordered 135 MAX jets, has announced that it will have to drop routes and close some bases from November due to a delay in the deliveries.


The airline is only expecting to receive 30 of the aircraft by May next year, when it had originally planned to take delivery of 58.

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