Why the 737 Max Failed

The 737 Max is the perfect example of an aircraft that has evolved to fit the needs of a ever-changing aviation market. This aircraft seems ancient when compared to other aircraft of its caliber, such as the A320neo, a much more modern aircraft.


Silk Air 737 MAX Climbing out of Changi Airport

(Silk Air's 737 Max)

(Scoot's A320 Neo)

(AirAsia's A320 Neo)


Boeing wanted to "redesign" (basically just re-engine) its 737. This was a design they were familiar with and have been producing for over 50 years. Boeing's re-designed 737max was to compete with Airbus's A320neo line of aircraft. The 737max would have a maximum range of over 4000 nautical miles, as compared to around 3000 nautical miles for the older variant 737-800. This was a perfect example of an aircraft being adapted to fit the modern day demands of airliners. Moreover, a big selling point of the 737max was that it was 15% more fuel efficient over its previous variant. This was an attractive proposition, in light of rising fuel/oil prices.


(Silk Air's 737 Max)