Boeing Begins Deliveries of Modifies B737 Aircraft Following Fuselage Issue

Radhika Bansal

26 May 2023

Boeing has started delivering reworked 737 jets from inventory to customers after a manufacturing glitch forced a brief halt, the company said on Thursday, May 25 adding it will be "disciplined" in setting jet prices during the current boom. The resumption could help the planemaker achieve the goal of 400-450 deliveries of the jet this year, a target closely watched by investors as the company looks to recover from successive crises caused by two fatal crashes and the pandemic.

"We still expect the first half of the year to be about 30 per month and the back half of about 40 per month," CFO Brian West said, referring to deliveries, at a conference organized by Wolfe Research.

The company stopped delivering some 737 Max 8s and 737NG-based P-8 military surveillance jets earlier this year due to the problem, which reportedly involved defective clips that attach to vertical stabilisers which connect the vertical tail with the fuselage made by Spirit AeroSystems. Because the issue did not affect all 737s, Boeing never outright halted 737 deliveries. But the hiccup slowed the rate at which Boeing has been handing the narrowbodies to customers. Some analysts had expected the halt to delay Boeing's plans for a 737 MAX production ramp up to 38 per month from 31 currently.

Cash Low & Aircraft Deliveries

But West reiterated that the company expects to hit that target this year. "I don't know exactly when, but that is in our game plan," he added. Meanwhile, West said the top end of Boeing's USD 3 billion to USD 5 billion free cash flow forecast was a "bit pressured," in part due to supply-chain problems at its ailing defence business, even as the planemaker maintained that goal.

West said the current environment was "pretty good for price realization" and that Boeing would be "disciplined" in setting prices. That milestone shows that Boeing’s recovery from the problem is “on track“, he adds, noting Boeing still expects to meet its previously stated goal of delivering 400 to 450 of the narrowbodies this year. Boeing delivered just 18 737s in April but aims to soon hike the rate to about 30 monthly, and then to about 40 monthly by year-end.

Order books at Boeing and its European rival Airbus have swelled as carriers rush to buy jets to tap into a resurgence in travel, increasing the planemakers' bargaining power. "We just keep on selling in the future," West said.

Earlier this month, Ireland's Ryanair said it paid more per seat than in previous deals as it unveiled an order for as many as 300 Boeing jets. Supply chain snarls, however, remain on the watch list. Some parts of the supply chain aren't quite "where they need to be," West said. The problem affects both in-production 737s and an undisclosed number of already produced, in-service jets, though Boeing insists affected aircraft are safe to fly. Boeing’s shares were up about 1% after briefly turning negative on Thursday, May 25. 

Boeing Intends To Ramp Up 737 MAX Production

Boeing has upped its monthly production plan to 38 planes from 31. The company expects to deliver up to 450 737 planes this year. Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun has apologised to customers for the delay in delivery of its popular 737 Max aircraft after learning about a manufacturing issue in the aft fuselage section of the plane. "The worst part of the notice of the defect that we got is the timing. It is right at the centre of their (airlines) summer schedules and we have to differ deliveries for that period, it costs some real money, so apologies to everyone, we are working very closely with them, Calhoun told CNBC in an exclusive interview.

Air India & Akasa Air are the two Indian airlines that have placed orders for the 737 Max aircraft and sources said their expansion plans are likely to be hit as Boeing reschedules deliveries. Air India was expecting some 737 Max planes out of the 190 it ordered to be delivered this year itself. Akasa Air is also awaiting 53 of the 72 aircraft it had ordered that will be delivered by 2027.

But according to the Boeing CEO, these delays are for a short period and their annual delivery guidance is on track. "We still believe we are within that guidance, we are clearly going to differ some things from the second quarter to the third quarter & a bit to the fourth quarter, but on balance, we think we are in a pretty good shape to meet that guidance," he said. "As demand surges across our markets, we must focus together on execution and meeting our customer commitments,” the CEO told employees.

737 Fuelsage Issue

Boeing benefited from more 737 and 787 handovers, although “customer considerations” relating to 787s offset the revenues. While it acknowledges that near-term production of 737s will be affected by inspections and rework, following the discovery of a manufacturing process issue in the aft fuselage of certain aircraft, the airframer is maintaining its projection of 400-450 deliveries. It aims to increase 737 output to 38 aircraft per month later this year and reach 50 per month over 2025-26. Boeing also intends to lift monthly production of 787s – currently at three aircraft – to five in late 2023 and, in 2025-26, reach 10.

Referring to the 737 issues, he says it poses ”no immediate safety of flight concern” and that the company will “work diligently” to ensure aircraft meet the company’s standards before delivery. Calhoun says he is “proud of the team” for ”immediately and transparently” bringing the matter forward with the regulator and Boeing’s customers. “This is how we continuously improve,” he adds.

During a first-quarter briefing, chief executive Dave Calhoun stressed that the company was “working in a very constructive way” with fuselage supplier Spirit AeroSystems and that near-term deliveries and production will be lower, and the levels will recover over the coming months.

He says the issue is “understood” and isolated to two specific fittings. “And we know what we have to do,” he states. “Unfortunately the timing of these delivery shortfalls will impact summer capacities for some customers. And we feel terrible about that.”

Boeing delivered 113 737s over the first quarter including 53 in March. Boeing ended the quarter with some 225 737 Max jets in its inventory, including 138 built for customers in China. Some 30 of the Max jets in the inventory are Max 7s and 10s. Boeing stresses that the certification timelines on these variants “have not changed”.

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Singapore Airlines to Stop the Use of Paper Boxes for In-Flight Meals

Abhishek Nayar

26 May 2023

Singapore Airlines (SIA) constantly evaluates and innovates its in-flight services in order to enhance the customer experience while minimizing the adverse environmental impact. As part of this commitment, SIA initiated a trial to assess the potential of serving in-flight meals in paper boxes on medium and long-haul flights. However, based on feedback from the trial, the airline has opted not to pursue the aforementioned packaging option.

Present Scenario

Singapore Airlines (SIA), a prominent international partner of Air India, has declared that, for the time being, it will no longer use paper boxes for in-flight meals on medium and long-haul flights. This decision is the result of feedback following a study that was undertaken earlier this year, as reported in the media. According to the report, some thought the move made SIA appear "cheap" and was a cost-cutting strategy. "Some (of) our customers, as well as members of the general public, have provided feedback on the service ware." "We have taken that into consideration," an airline representative was quoted as saying. "We have also received operational feedback on the trial, and we have noted that we may need to improve the design of the box," added the spokeswoman. The March experiment was part of SIA's endeavor to "enhance the in-flight experience on medium and long-haul flights by offering more main course options" that were commonly requested, such as gravy-rich meals like laksa, mee Siam, and congee. Taking all of the input into consideration, the airline has "decided not to proceed with this new service ware for the time being," according to the spokeswoman. On short-haul flights of less than three and a half hours, SIA serves economy-class meals in paper food boxes.

In recent months, several netizens have criticized the national carrier's economy class meals, with the paper service ware trial sparking debate about the airline's food presentation. The article said that SIA has previously responded to criticisms about cost-cutting by noting that the experimental meal boxes cost more than the disposable plastic casserole plates that it uses. SIA recorded a record yearly profit of SGD 2.16 billion (USD 1.63 billion) earlier this month, despite more complaints. The airline's budget for in-flight meals has not been lowered, according to a spokeswoman on Wednesday. Its present budget is almost 20% greater than that for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, despite the airline's expectation that capacity will be lower than that year. "SIA remains committed to constantly innovating with the goal of improving the in-flight dining experience and meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations," a spokeswoman said.

Trial feedback and decision not to proceed

Following the trial period, Singapore Airlines (SIA) acquired excellent input on the usage of paper boxes for in-flight meals from passengers and crew members. The responses suggested that this packing choice had several limitations and issues. Concerns expressed throughout the experiment included leakage, a lack of structural integrity, and difficulties in handling. Based on this input, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has decided to discontinue the use of paper boxes for in-flight meals on medium and long-haul flights for the time being. The airline wants to make sure that the quality of its in-flight eating experience does not suffer and that passengers can eat comfortably and conveniently.

Environmental Concerns and Sustainability Initiatives

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is committed to resolving environmental problems and actively engages in aviation industry sustainability efforts. Recognizing the environmental effects of single-use plastics and non-biodegradable materials, the airline is always looking for alternative solutions that encourage sustainability. Singapore Airlines (SIA) underlines its commitment to establishing sustainable practices that combine passenger comfort and environmental responsibility by declining to use paper boxes for in-flight meals. The decision is consistent with the airline's continued efforts to decrease waste, lower its carbon footprint, and contribute to a more environmentally friendly future.

Alternative Packaging Solutions for In-Flight Meals

While Singapore Airlines (SIA) has decided not to use paper boxes for in-flight meals at this time, the company is committed to investigating alternative packaging choices that prioritize sustainability. SIA hopes to develop eco-friendly materials and new solutions that solve the issues encountered during the trial period by collaborating with suppliers and industry experts. Efforts are being made to design ecologically friendly packaging options that are sturdy, leak-proof, and easy to handle. Singapore Airlines (SIA) strives to create packaging options that strike a balance between sustainability and practicality, delivering a pleasant eating experience for customers by concentrating on research and development.

Benefits of Sustainable Practices in the Airline Industry

Singapore Airlines' (SIA) decision to phase out the usage of paper boxes for in-flight meals emphasizes the relevance of sustainable practices in the airline industry. Airlines may make substantial contributions to the preservation of the world by implementing ecologically friendly methods. Sustainable approaches not only save waste but also improve operational efficiency and cost effectiveness. Airlines may lower their ecological impact, improve passenger experiences, and contribute to the global movement towards a more sustainable future by investigating alternate packaging choices.


Following feedback from its experiment earlier this year, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has chosen not to use paper boxes for in-flight meals on medium and long-haul flights. This decision underlines the airline's dedication to offering high-quality services while also putting environmental sustainability first. SIA understands the necessity of constantly analyzing and improving its practices in order to keep up with changing client demands and industry trends. The airline continues to be committed to researching alternate packaging options that combine passenger comfort, operational efficiency, and environmental stewardship. Singapore Airlines (SIA) sets an example for the aviation industry by prioritizing sustainable practices, demonstrating how conscientious decision-making and innovation can contribute to a greener and more pleasurable travel experience.

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Aviation Minister Urges Airlines To Go International & To Help Set Up an International Civil Aviation Hub in India

Radhika Bansal

26 May 2023

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia urged domestic airlines to help set up an international civil aviation hub in India and emphasised the need for having more wide-body planes to have point-to-point international services for passengers. India is one of the fastest-growing civil aviation markets in the world and Tata Group-owned Air India recently placed a historic order for 470 aircraft, including wide-body planes.

For too long, our civil aviation hubs have been with the neighbours on our eastern border (Singapore, etc) or with the neighbours on the western border (Dubai, Doha, etc),” he said. He added that India must have more wide-body planes to build hubs. “We must be able to fly point-to-point from India as opposed to the circuitous route that all our passengers are being made to follow,” Scindia noted. As the government works on ways to boost the country's high growth potential in the civil aviation market, the minister said that now the time has come to set up a civil aviation hub in India.

Indian Civil Aviation Market

"Margins are slim, revenues are slim but airlines are comfortable competing on the domestic side because volatility is low. The minute you go to the international side, the revenues are high... but the volatility is much greater. "I plead to the airlines to take the risk, face volatility because India's flag has to fly in the international airspace," Mr Scindia said.

Currently, Indian carriers operate only about 40% of total international flights to and from India. Go First, which went insolvent earlier this month, was operating 128 international flights a week in April, which was just 10% of its total flight network during the month. Only about 15% of SpiceJet’s total flights are international, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium’s data. SpiceJet has been making losses since 2018-19.

"Civil aviation brings a dividend of 3.1% in terms of economic growth and 6.1% in employment growth," the minister said. He emphasized that the civil aviation sector in India is on the cusp of fundamental change. "Every industry in the world goes through stages of infancy, growth, and maturity. Civil aviation in India is just about in its take-off stage, as far as its growth phase is concerned," Scindia said.

Speaking at industry body CII's annual session in the national capital, the minister also stressed the need for more wide-body aircraft in the fleets of domestic carriers to make an international civil aviation hub in the country. "And for that, we need wide-body aircraft, we need to be able to go point-to-point as opposed to the circuitous route that all our passengers are made to follow... I urge his competitors to do the same because too much competition is happening on the domestic side," he said.

Mr Scindia was responding to certain suggestions made by Bhaskar Bhat, Co-Chairman of the CII National Committee on Civil Aviation and also the Chairman of Tata SIA Airlines, which operates flights under the brand name Vistara. "It is important for us to expand our international footprint as much as we expand our domestic footprint. The Indian flag must be planted internationally through our carriers as well. If we have to do that, then we have to get many more wide-body aircraft because we are talking about flying distances of more than six to seven hours," Mr Scindia said.

The civil aviation ministry is already working with Delhi Airport, IndiGo, and Air India to make the airport an international civil aviation hub. Currently, most passengers from India travel to take connecting flights to various international destinations as there are not too many wide-body planes with Indian carriers to operate direct services on long-distance routes.

Speaking at the session, Vistara Chairman Bhaskar Bhat said the annual taxes collected by the government exceeds the losses that airlines make. "We do have a structural problem and I am not even talking about it in this forum," he said.

While the country's civil aviation sector will see exceptional growth, Mr Bhat said, there are a lot of support services that lag and end up under-servicing the marketplace. "We are civil aviation and as a country, we know smaller countries which don't have a domestic market at all have looked at aviation along with tourism and hospitality, club the whole thing together as a huge contributor to the economy as well as jobs. I am not seeking a combination of three ministries but thinking about that, in the long run, would be a great service to customers whose aspirations are growing every day," he noted.

Salil Gupte, Chairman of the CII National Committee on Aerospace and President of Boeing India, expressed that it is the opportune moment for India to accelerate its growth, considering the arrival of approximately 2,200 aircraft in the country over the next 20 years. Gupte stated, “To accomplish this, we must focus on developing localized training programs, sourcing parts locally, and establishing robust MRO services.” He further added that manufacturing needs to be moved from building on foreign OEMs' blueprints to developing blueprints themselves and owning the intellectual.

Focus on MRO Industry and International Revenue

During his session, Mr Scindia also said that a lot has been done concerning MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) for civil aviation in the country. "The taxation structure has been changed, incentivisation has been done and we are starting to see the fruits. Safran is coming with a USD 150 million investment... I urge Boeing to quickly look at setting up an MRO in India. It has been many a year in the waiting and part of many conversations. It is important to put that step forward," he noted.

The minister praised the Tata Group for taking a “great step forward” by ordering 470 planes, of which 50-70 are wide-body aircraft. “I urge his compatriots (other Indian airlines) to do the same because there is too much competition on the domestic side, where margins and revenues are slim. Airlines are very comfortable competing on the domestic side because the volatility is low,” Scindia said.

On the international side, revenues are much higher. “Your CASK (unit cost) is limited and your RASK (unit revenue) is higher on international routes. But the volatility is much greater,” he added. “Therefore, the time has come, and I plead with Indian airlines to take risks and face volatility because India’s flag has to fly in international space,” Scindia added. 

After the coronavirus pandemic, the country's civil aviation sector has witnessed a V-shaped recovery and the CAGR for domestic air traffic stood at 10.6% in the last eight to nine years, he said. According to him, the traffic was around 6 crore in 2013-14 and rose to 14.4 crore in eight to nine years. CAGR refers to the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR).

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Lufthansa Acquires 41% Stake in ITA Airways

Abhishek Nayar

26 May 2023

In a significant development for the aviation industry, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, one of the leading European airlines, has reached an agreement to acquire a minority stake in ITA Airways (Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A.) from the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze, MEF). Through this strategic partnership, Lufthansa will acquire a 41 percent stake in ITA Airways for EUR 325 million through a capital increase.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG's History

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, or Lufthansa, is a well-known German airline that was formed in 1953. Lufthansa maintains a huge network of domestic and international flights, connecting customers to over 200 locations worldwide from its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The airline has a solid reputation in the aviation sector for its dedication to safety, high-quality service, and innovation.

Background of ITA Airways

Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A., or ITA Airways, is Italy's national airline. It was formed to replace Alitalia, which ran into financial difficulties and fell into administration. ITA Airways' mission is to revitalize the Italian aviation sector by delivering dependable, efficient, and customer-focused air travel services. The airline aims to improve internal connections while also expanding to overseas destinations. ITA Airways was founded in November 2020 and currently employs roughly 4,000 people. The airline, based in Rome, serves over 10 million passengers each year and has a contemporary fleet of 66 Airbus aircraft. The Rome hub is perfectly located to further expand ITA's network towards Africa and Latin America, providing clients with enhanced access to the southern hemisphere. Currently, ITA serves 64 destinations, including 21 domestic routes, 33 international routes, and 10 intercontinental flights.

Current Situation

As a result, the capital contribution immediately helps the firm. The MEF has also agreed to a EUR 250 million capital boost in ITA as part of the deal. Furthermore, the MEF and Lufthansa agreed on options to allow Lufthansa to acquire the remaining shares at a later date. The acquisition price for the remaining shares will be determined by ITA Airways' business progress. The agreement's contractual finalization is expected to be completed shortly. The acquisition of the minority share is subject to regulatory approval. Following the completion of this acquisition, ITA Airways and the Lufthansa Group are anticipated to immediately begin commercial and operational collaboration. As a network airline, ITA will work closely with the Lufthansa Group to capitalize on group synergies. ITA Airways will join the Lufthansa Group's multi-brand and multi-hub network as the fifth network carrier. Outside of the Group's home base nations and the United States, Italy is the most important market. In terms of GDP, Italy has the third-largest economy in Europe, with a strong export-oriented economy. This is only one of the numerous reasons why business travel to and from Italy is essential. The Mediterranean country is one of the most popular leisure destinations in the world for private travellers. "Today's agreement will result in a win-win situation for Italy, ITA Airways, and Lufthansa Group," said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. It is also excellent news for Italian consumers and Europe because a stronger ITA will increase competitiveness in the Italian market. ITA is a fantastic fit for Lufthansa Group since it is a youthful company with a contemporary fleet and an efficient and increasing hub in Rome. In Milan, ITA covers a large catchment area with significant development potential. As a member of the Lufthansa Group, ITA can grow into a successful and sustainable airline linking Italy to Europe and the rest of the globe. At the same time, this investment will allow us to continue our expansion in one of our key markets. ITA will remain an autonomous airline with its own management and a strong brand identity as part of Lufthansa Group, in keeping with Lufthansa Group's successful multi-hub, multi-brand, and multi-AOC strategy. ITA may also benefit from Group synergies such as access to the partner network, central revenue management, and the utilization of Lufthansa Group's worldwide sales and marketing channels.

Benefits for Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Acquiring a minority stake in ITA Airways has various advantages for Deutsche Lufthansa AG. For starters, it helps Lufthansa increase its footprint in the Italian market, which is a popular tourist destination as well as an important economic base. The collaboration allows Lufthansa to expand its route network, increase passenger volume, and improve its overall market position. Furthermore, Lufthansa's investment in ITA Airways is consistent with the company's aim of establishing strategic alliances and collaborations in the aviation sector. Lufthansa can utilize synergies, exchange best practices, and explore joint partnerships by developing a significant presence in Italy through ITA Airways.

Advantages for ITA Airways

The collaboration with Lufthansa delivers various benefits to ITA Airways. For starters, it provides the airline with a recognized and experienced partner that can provide essential assistance and help in a variety of facets of airline operations, such as fleet management, network planning, and customer experience. Lufthansa's knowledge can help ITA Airways improve operational efficiency and service quality. Second, ITA Airways will be able to expand its reach and link with more locations across the world thanks to Lufthansa's global connection and alliance network. This will assist ITA Airways in attracting more foreign customers and increasing income sources. Furthermore, the collaboration can promote code-sharing agreements and interline partnerships, resulting in smooth travel experiences for customers.

Impact on the Italian Aviation Industry

The Lufthansa-ITA Airways partnership is likely to have a substantial influence on the Italian aviation market. With the rebirth of Italy's national carrier under ITA Airways, it represents a new chapter in the industry's evolution. The collaboration combines Lufthansa's knowledge and resources with ITA Airways' dedication to improving the travel experience for passengers. The agreement has the potential to enhance competition, improve connections, and provide more options for travellers travelling to and from Italy. The increased position of ITA Airways, aided by Lufthansa's investment, can help boost tourism, business travel, and commerce in Italy. The arrangement also demonstrates the appeal of the Italian aviation business to multinational airlines, which might lead to more investments and collaborations.

Regulatory and Market Constraints

While the deal offers exciting potential, it is not without obstacles. The aviation business is heavily regulated, and every collaboration or purchase must be approved by regulatory agencies. To guarantee compliance and secure the required permissions, Lufthansa and ITA Airways must negotiate the legal and regulatory processes. Furthermore, the airline business is vulnerable to market fluctuations, geopolitical concerns, and global events that might have an influence on travel demand. Lufthansa and ITA Airways must adapt to changing market conditions, anticipate future obstacles, and develop plans to ensure long-term profitability and sustainability.

Prospects for the Future and Expansion Plans

Looking ahead, the collaboration between Lufthansa and ITA Airways opens up new opportunities for both airlines. ITA Airways wants to become a major participant in the European aviation market and expand its operations to key locations across the world. ITA Airways can modernize its fleet, establish new routes, and increase its market competitiveness with the help of Lufthansa. The collaboration with ITA Airways improves Lufthansa's footprint in the Italian market and provides potential for expansion and market consolidation. Lufthansa may use ITA Airways' network to boost its market share and competitiveness in Europe. The relationship might potentially result in cooperative projects in areas like sustainability, digitization, and customer experience.


The partnership between Deutsche Lufthansa AG and ITA Airways marks a watershed moment in the aviation sector. Lufthansa expands its presence in the Italian market and forms a strategic relationship to promote development and innovation by purchasing a minority investment in ITA Airways. Both Lufthansa and ITA Airways will profit from the agreement, which will improve their respective operations and market positions. The cooperation is projected to have a favorable influence on the Italian aviation business, providing stronger connections, increased competition, and more possibilities for travellers as it develops.

With Inputs from Lufthansa Group

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Embraer Backs Embattled Pratt & Whitney

Abhishek Nayar

26 May 2023

The partnership between aircraft manufacturers and engine suppliers is vital to guaranteeing the success and reliability of commercial and military aircraft in the perpetually evolving aviation sector. One such collaboration is between the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the renowned engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. Pratt & Whitney has recently had durability issues with its jet engines, raising industry concerns. While Embraer expresses its "full support" for Pratt & Whitney in overcoming these obstacles, a separate dispute with engine manufacturers has resulted in the cancellation of a new turboprop plane project.

Embraer and Pratt & Whitney: Background

Embraer, a well-known Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has built a reputation for competence in the design and manufacture of innovative aircraft. Embraer has contributed considerably to the worldwide aviation sector throughout the years, delivering a varied variety of commercial, military, and executive aircraft. The company's dedication to quality and client satisfaction has earned it a reputable reputation in the market. Pratt & Whitney, on the other hand, has established itself as a premier engine maker, supplying dependable and high-performance engines to a wide range of aircraft manufacturers throughout the world. The engines produced by the firm are noted for their efficiency, durability, and cutting-edge technical characteristics. Pratt & Whitney's relationship with Embraer has been critical to the engine company's business, with the engine maker supplying engines for Embraer's aircraft.

Current Scenario

According to Raytheon Technologies unit Pratt & Whitney CEO Francisco Gomes Neto, the company is working hard to address premature wear concerns that have grounded certain jets. "I'm directly involved in this; we recently paid them a visit... "We believe they have the capability to resolve the issues," Gomes Neto said at a press conference in Portugal, adding that Embraer planes were less affected than other types. Pratt Whitney Geared Turbofan engines power the world's third-largest plane maker’s current E2 series of jets. Similar engines are available on the bigger Airbus A320neo series and are at the heart of a dispute between Pratt and India's GoFirst about the reason for the airline's demise. Gomes Neto stated that Embraer was participating in current campaigns for possible commercial jet sales totaling more than 200 aircraft, which he stated would support a goal of recovering annual jet deliveries to 100 within 3-4 years. At a media presentation, he reiterated that the company's ambitions for a new turboprop aircraft were "on hold," blaming a lack of appealing commercial propositions from engine manufacturers. "We have not yet found the right engine solution," he said. ATR, which is owned by Airbus (AIR.PA) and Leonardo (LDOF.MI), dominates the market for 50-70-seat turboprops. Meanwhile, China is working on the Xian MA700.

The Durability Issues with Recent Jet Engines

Pratt & Whitney has recently had issues with the durability of its jet engines. These difficulties have sparked anxiety in the aviation industry, as the engines that power aeroplanes are directly responsible for their dependability and performance. The durability issues have triggered research and assessments to determine the core reasons and propose appropriate remedies. These durability concerns have a significant effect. It not only has an impact on the aircraft's operating efficiency, but it also creates safety issues for passengers and crew. Engine faults or malfunctions can result in unscheduled repairs, flight delays, and even significant flying dangers. Pratt & Whitney has taken urgent action to resolve these issues, collaborating with industry experts, engineers, and regulatory agencies to provide complete solutions.

Embraer's Aid to Pratt & Whitney

Despite Pratt & Whitney's difficulties, Embraer remains committed to its engine supplier. Embraer understands the value of collaboration and cooperation in the aviation sector, especially during difficult times. Embraer, as a long-standing partner, recognizes Pratt & Whitney's devotion and skill in creating dependable engines. Embraer's dedication to Pratt & Whitney originates from the realization that overcoming durability issues benefits both firms. Embraer guarantees the dependability and safety of their aircraft by supporting Pratt & Whitney in addressing these problems, thereby maintaining customer confidence and loyalty. Collaboration between the two firms is critical to their success and growth.

The New Turboprop Plane Project Has Been Suspended

While Embraer is assisting Pratt & Whitney in resolving engine-related concerns, a separate dispute between Embraer and engine manufacturers has resulted in the cancellation of a new turboprop jet project. The specifics of the disagreement and the people involved have yet to be made public. This development, however, has caused uncertainty for Embraer's corporate goals and strategic ambitions. Embraer is disappointed by the cancellation of the new turboprop jet project since the business had great aspirations for this initiative. The turboprop industry offers several prospects, and Embraer planned to enter it with a creative and technologically superior aircraft. The dispute with engine manufacturers has momentarily slowed development, requiring both sides to work out their differences and find a mutually advantageous solution.

The Tussle with Engine Manufacturers

The conflict between Embraer and engine manufacturers was a major cause of the cancellation of the new turboprop jet project. While specifics are limited, it is clear that disputes and competing interests have formed, impeding the project's progress. Contractual requirements, price disagreements, or differences in strategic goals can all lead to such confrontations. The resolution of the dispute with engine manufacturers is critical for Embraer's future endeavors. Cooperation and mutual understanding among all parties are critical for overcoming obstacles and restarting progress on the turboprop plane project. Clear communication, bargaining, and compromise may pave the way for a mutually beneficial outcome.

Resolving Issues and Moving Forward

To overcome current jet engine durability issues and address the dispute with engine manufacturers, Embraer, Pratt & Whitney, and other key parties must collaborate to discover complete solutions. Collaboration and open communication are essential for resolving conflicts and ensuring that all parties' interests are considered. Pratt & Whitney could restore trust in the dependability and performance of its engines by resolving the durability issues with current jet engines. This, in turn, builds trust in Embraer's aircraft and increases their market position. Simultaneously, Embraer and engine manufacturers must establish common ground in order to reconcile their disagreements and restart the turboprop plane project, seizing chances in the rising market. The future prospects of the Embraer and Pratt & Whitney partnerships are dependent on their ability to successfully traverse these hurdles. Both firms can deepen their alliance and continue providing high-quality aircraft to satisfy the aviation industry's expectations by prioritizing transparency, cooperation, and innovation.


The aviation sector functions in a dynamic environment, with new difficulties and disputes arising on a regular basis. Embraer's complete support for Pratt & Whitney in addressing durability issues on contemporary aircraft engines demonstrates the strength of their collaboration. While these engine-related issues continue, a separate dispute with engine manufacturers has resulted in the cancellation of a new turboprop plane project. Embraer, Pratt & Whitney, and other stakeholders must work together to tackle these concerns. Addressing durability issues improves aircraft safety and dependability, benefiting both firms and the industry as a whole. Similarly, resolving the disagreement with engine manufacturers opens the door to future partnerships and the construction of revolutionary aircraft. Embraer and Pratt & Whitney must collaborate to effectively handle these hurdles in an industry that depends on partnerships and collaboration. They can increase their market positions, provide outstanding aircraft to consumers, and impact the future of aviation by doing so.

With Inputs form Reuters

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Malaysia’s SKS Airways Acquire Ten Embraer E195-E2s

Abhishek Nayar

26 May 2023

Growth and expansion are critical in the competitive world of aviation for airlines to stay relevant and preserve their market position. SKS Airways, a well-known Malaysian airline, understands the need to invest in novel aircraft to fulfil the ever-shifting needs of customers. SKS Airways' recent decision to opt for the Embraer E195-E2 represents a crucial turning point in their expansion aspirations.

SKS Airways and Embraer

Malaysia's SKS Airways, a major participant in the regional aviation market, has announced an exciting announcement that would accelerate its expansion aspirations. The airline has chosen the technologically sophisticated Embraer E195-E2, which is widely regarded as the world's most efficient and quiet single-aisle aircraft. A distinguished signing ceremony conducted during the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA'23) sealed the transaction for ten E195-E2s. The E195-E2s will be the backbone of SKS Airways' development ambitions, located at Kuala Lumpur's city airport, Subang, beginning in 2024. The E195-E2 jet has a range of 2,600nm, which equates to seven hours of flight time. The aircraft will have 136 seats, which will be quite comfortable. SKS Airways will be the first E195-E2 operator in the Southeast Asian region, expanding Embraer's E-Jets footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, which presently numbers upwards of 200.  The lease agreement between SKS Airways and Azorra was witnessed by Malaysia's Yang di-Pertuan Agong, His Majesty Sultan Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, Minister of Transport YB Tuan Loke Siew Fook, H.E. Ary Norton de Murat Quintella, Embraer's Johann Bordais, President & CEO of Embraer Services & Support, and Martyn Holmes, CCO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.

"This is a significant day for the future of aviation in Malaysia," stated Dato' Rohman Ahmad, Director of SKS Airways. We are pleased to announce the successful completion of these agreements with industry leaders such as Embraer and Azorra, who share our vision for the future of air travel. We are pleased to enter a new chapter of expansion with a fleet of Embraer Jets flying out of Subang, thanks to these strategic relationships. The E195-E2's low noise emissions and the predominance of E-Jets at city airports across the globe make the aircraft an ideal match for flights into and out of Subang Airport, supporting the Government's goal of establishing Subang Airport as Malaysia's premier city airport and aviation centre."

"The E2 is the aircraft family of choice for airlines around the world seeking to develop their regional routes," stated Martyn Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation. The E195-E2, being the most contemporary and efficient single-aisle aircraft, will be a game changer for our first Malaysian operator, SKS Airways, as it expands regional connections inside Malaysia and beyond. We are pleased to welcome SKS Airways to the Embraer family and look forward to expanding our engagement and collaborations in Malaysia as the nation develops as a key aerospace centre."

"We are delighted to collaborate with SKS Airways on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of Subang Airport's future expansion." We think Embraer's innovative E2 technology is ideal for a renovated, premier aviation hub near the centre of Kuala Lumpur, decreasing travel times and enhancing regional connections. The E2's fuel economy, low carbon footprint, and low noise emissions provide a transformational, environmentally aware jet solution for the city, area, and citizens', stated Azorra CEO John Evans.

Introduction and Key Features of the Embraer E195-E2

Embraer, a well-known aircraft manufacturer, created the E195-E2 as a game-changer in the aviation sector. This cutting-edge aeroplane combines cutting-edge technology, fuel efficiency, and passenger comfort. The E195-E2 was developed primarily for small airlines, providing great performance and operational flexibility. The E195-E2 includes numerous major characteristics that distinguish it from its competitors. For starters, its enhanced aerodynamics and next-generation engines contribute to greater fuel economy, lowering operating costs and impact on the environment. Furthermore, the E195-E2 has the quietest cabin in its class, delivering a comfortable flight experience for passengers while minimizing noise pollution.

SKS Airways' Expansion Strategy and Growth Plans

SKS Airways, a key player in the regional aviation industry, intends to strengthen its position by extending its operations. The choice of the Embraer E195-E2 is consistent with their growth ambitions and expansion strategy. SKS Airways can improve its operating capabilities, increase customer happiness, and gain a greater market share by investing in contemporary and efficient aircraft. The expansion plan of SKS Airways is focused on improving their regional network, increasing flight frequency, and exploring new routes. The addition of the E195-E2 to their fleet will help them with these goals by allowing them to service more locations, increase connectivity, and deliver a better travel experience.

The LIMA'23 Signing Ceremony

The official announcement and signing ceremony of SKS Airways' cooperation with Embraer took place during the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA'23). LIMA'23 is a renowned event that displays the most recent innovations in the aerospace sector, attracting participants and spectators from all over the world. The signing ceremony at LIMA'23 was a watershed moment for both SKS Airways and Embraer. It represented their commitment to collaboration and emphasized the airline's commitment to investing in cutting-edge technology. The event drew a lot of interest from industry stakeholders, the media, and aviation enthusiasts.

SKS Airways Benefits from the Embraer E195-E2

SKS Airways will greatly benefit from its decision to fly the Embraer E195-E2. For starters, the E195-E2's fuel economy greatly decreases operational expenses, allowing the airline to optimise its resources and boost profitability. Lowering fuel use also reduces carbon impact, which aligns with SKS Airways' commitment to sustainability. Another critical factor that SKS Airways hopes to improve with the launch of the E195-E2 is passenger happiness. The aircraft's roomy interior layout, comfortable seats, and lower noise levels make flying more enjoyable and restful. SKS Airways understands the value of client satisfaction in fostering brand loyalty and earning a competitive advantage.

Implications for the Regional Aviation Industry

The choice of the Embraer E195-E2 by SKS Airways has significant implications for the regional aviation market. SKS Airways' selection affects consumer impressions and preferences as one of the market's important participants. Other airlines in the region may reconsider their fleet strategy and explore purchasing more sophisticated and efficient planes. As other airlines examine the possible impact of SKS Airways' fleet upgrade, competitor analysis becomes critical. With the debut of the E195-E2, SKS Airways promotes itself as a forward-thinking and technologically sophisticated airline with the potential to attract more customers and capture a greater market share. Because of SKS Airways' dedication to innovation, the regional aviation market is expected to see a beneficial transition.


The selection of the Embraer E195-E2 for SKS Airways' development ambitions constitutes a significant milestone for both the airline and the regional aviation industry. SKS Airways strives to increase operational efficiency, improve the customer experience, and boost its market position by investing in innovative technology and fuel-efficient aircraft. The collaboration between SKS Airways and Embraer exemplifies the industry's emphasis on innovation and sustainability. The sophisticated features, cost-saving benefits, and passenger-centric design of the E195-E2 make it a great candidate for SKS Airways' expansion aspirations. The Embraer E195-E2 will play a critical role in realizing the airline's goals of growing its regional network.

With Inputs from Embraer