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Boeing's Max troubles are an opportunity for Southeast Asian airlines

Extended grounding of 737 model gives carriers chance to revise excessive orders

737 Max planes built for Lion Air, SpiceJet and other airlines sit parked at a Boeing facility in the U.S. state of Washington in September 2019.   © Reuters

The grounding of Boeing's troubled 737 Max model has caused massive headaches for airlines around the world. But for the plane maker's customers in Southeast Asia, it may prove a blessing in disguise.

Their order books and delivery schedules for new jets remain overambitious and unrealistic. Now though, Southeast Asian carriers have an opportunity to reassess their growth plans.

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