Qatar Airways takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX: On April 13, Qatar Airways’ inaugural Boeing 737 MAX, a MAX 8, left Everett Paine Field for a long trip to the airline’s Doha base. S7 of Russia ordered some of these MAX 8s, intended to substitute the airline’s older Airbus A320-200s while operating shorter international routes.
According to a statement from a Qatar Airways spokesperson on March 10, 2023, the airline had the chance to expand its fleet shortly with a few B737-8 Max aircraft to increase capacity to fuel future growth, particularly in short-haul markets.
This statement was issued when a white 737 MAX with Qatar Airways’ distinctive rudder and winglet colors was seen at Seattle Boeing Field-King County International Airport (BFI).
Aviation Flights (previously known as BOE Family Flights) reported that S7 Airlines in Russia had originally ordered this particular aircraft.
It conducted its maiden flight on December 10, 2021; due to Russia’s delay in recertifying the MAX, the plane was stored and only performed additional test flights between February to April 2023. Overall, the aircraft had accumulated approximately eight and a half hours of testing time throughout seven flights.
Qatar Airways the best airline in the world, Airbus A320-200 fleet, comprising 29 aircraft, will be joined by the 737 MAX 8. The oldest A320-200 in the fleet is approximately 13-and-a-half years old, while the youngest is seven-and-a-half years old as of the time of publication. On average, the A320-200 fleet is almost 11 years old.
As having a young and modern aircraft fleet is a significant priority for Qatar Airways, the A320s are gradually aging out of the airline’s preferred age range. Adding the 737 MAX will assist Qatar Airways in achieving and maintaining its objective of operating a youthful fleet of planes.