Yesterday a spotter by the name of Woodys Aeroimages managed to snag a picture of a RyanAir 737MAX at Boeing’s Renton facility. However, this specific aircraft had a weird name printed on its side, unlike its brethren, it had a sticker with the name 737-8200.
It’s usual for Boeing planes to have their name on the side. However, this new designation has caused some suspicion over a possible re-branding by Boeing and its customers of the 737 MAX, in order to ease the minds of the general public.
But in fact, this isn’t the first time an airline has chosen to rebrand a MAX plane; GOL Airlines re-branded the planes to 737-8 following the fatal crashes. Both of these designations aren’t new either, with the 737-8200 appearing in EASA documents, and the 737-8 appearing in the FAA manuals.
In addition to this, this specific plane was a variant of the 737 MAX 8, featuring in 200 seats, having been specially made for low-cost airlines.
What does it all mean?
Well, for aviation lovers and those who know about aviation, it won’t make much of a difference as we can easily distinguish between planes, but for the general public it might serve as a way to alleviate the minds of the most nervous of travelers.
In the end it is the same plane and this little adjustment is merely a marketing maneuver and we cannot really blame airlines or Boeing for, after all, they will need to tread very carefully in order to make sure that the general public feels safe while flying their aircraft.
In the end we can only remain hopeful that Boeing finishes its software fix and we can see this plane safely flying the skies soon!
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