Regarded Southwest as a low cost airline

Will Southwest Airlines be unfaithful to Boeing?

Southwest Airlines is the largest Boeing 737 operator in the world. The low-cost airline has ordered hundreds of aircraft of this type since it was founded in 1967. The low-cost airline from the USA was the first customer for four versions of the 737. The manufacturer should be all the more affected by the fact that this customer is now considering the option of ordering aircraft from the competition.

"We put our future in the hands of Boeing and then the Max was grounded," said CEO Gary Kelly last week the CNBC news channel. His airline has had to cancel thousands of flights since the global flight ban began in early March. She is currently planning without the plane until February. There are currently 34 Boeing 737 Max in Southwest's fleet; by the end of the year there should have been 40 of them.

Talks about alternatives

Kelly had said a while ago that they were talking to Boeing about compensation payments. But that is apparently not enough for the supervisory board of the low-cost airline. As he said at the presentation of the quarterly figures to analysts, the committee had instructed him to speak to other manufacturers as well.

There are simply not many alternatives to the 737 Max. Basically only the Airbus A320 is currently in question. It is true that there are great advantages to being a Boeing customer with only one type of aircraft. But in view of the current situation, one is obliged to deal with the question of alternatives, said Kelly. "We're looking at it seriously."

Also viewed the A220

In April there had already been rumors that Southwest was toying with the Airbus A220, the former C-Series. A team from the airline had traveled to Europe to speak to an operator. But the A220 is significantly smaller than the Boeing 737 and would at most be an addition to the current fleet.