Delta is “anxious” to see the Boeing 737 MAX back in the skies even though the airline doesn’t fly any. Why? It wants Boeing to return to innovation instead of crisis control.
Speaking on the Yahoo Finance program On the Move (video here), Delta CEO Ed Bastian said it’s time to get the 737 MAX back in the sky.
“We are anxious to see the MAX back into the sky. I think having it as long as it’s been out is not good for anyone in the industry, even though we don’t fly the MaAX, because we need Boeing, to continue to work on development and innovation of future technology…
“That’s been our message to Boeing, is to not lose sight of the future.”
Bastian called the 737 MAX problem a “distraction” rather than a crisis, re-iterating his full trust in the Chicago-based plane maker.
He also bristled at any suggestion Boeing was at fault for the UIA 737-800 crash over Tehran. Bastian called the incident a “tragedy” but reiterated the whole airline industry is looking to Boeing to “be able to get the technology and the next generation aircraft that we really need to continue to advance our opportunities to grow.”
It seems a bit odd that Delta is anxious for an aircraft to re-enter service that it doesn’t even fly. Nevertheless, I suppose I understand the sentiment around wanting to get Boeing back on innovation and away from damage control. But that’s a long way off, unfortunately. Boeing has a lot of trust to rebuild first. It seems, however, that it never lost Delta’s trust.