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      Post #64531, posted on 10-07-2016 GMT-5 hours    

      Looks like Qatar made good on their promise to order the Boeing 737 Max if Airbus didn't fix the issues with the A320NEO. Deal also includes the 787-9 and 777-300ER. Order just announced this morning: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/customers/qatar-airways/qatar-airways-order.page

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      Post #64532, posted on 10-07-2016 GMT-5 hours    
      I do not believe Qatar will ever operate the Boeing 737-MAX. This appears to be more of an exercise of leverage against Airbus signaling that Qatar wants the issues with the A320-NEO resolved ASAP. Boeing and Qatar only signed a letter of intent and who knows what the language states. Boeing was probably willing to agree to anything in order to score the 787 and 777 orders.

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      Post #64536, posted on 10-07-2016 GMT-5 hours    
      What's wrong with the A320 neo?

      Just curious, I am not quite up to date with Airbus/Boeing news!.

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      Post #64542, posted on 10-08-2016 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm a little skeptical about the 737s as well, especially since the A320NEOs were supposed to be delivered last month or the month before. So in that case the 737s should've been a rush order instead of a LOI. It could very well be a bluff by Qatar to get concessions from Airbus or both Airbus and Pratt & Whitney.

      The A320NEO is supposedly suffering from engine startup issues. I heard that it takes 6 minutes to start up each engine. That's a minimum of 12 minutes, which is completely unacceptable for quick turnarounds. There could be other issues, but I'm not 100% sure.

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      Post #64547, posted on 10-08-2016 GMT-5 hours    
      It is good news for Boeing if the 737 order materializes. However, I also read that the Airbus order is still valid for the 320's and 321's. So maybe the LOI on the 737's is nothing to get excited about.