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Boeing wins second big 737 Max order this week

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
October 3, 2012 12:55 pm

Boeing has won its second big order this week for its new 737 Max airliner

The order from aircraft leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services, includes 75 737 Max aircraft and 10 737-800 Next Generation planes. The leasing company also took options to buy 10 more 737-800s.

At list prices, the order is worth some $6 billion. The 737 Max is the newest version of the popular single-aisle, twin-engine aircraft. The Max is due to enter service in 2107. The 737-800 is a present generation plane now being built on Boeing’s Renton assembly line.

The GECAS order follows a 60-plane 737 Max order from Brazilian airline GOL earlier this week.

Boeing now has firm orders for 821 of the new planes. Those aircraft feature more fuel-thrifty engines, new split wingtips and modified aerodynamics to make the aircraft more economical to fly.

“The 737 MAX will be a perfect complement to our broad portfolio of modern,
fuel efficient aircraft that offer our airline customers the lowest operating
costs,” said GECAS President and CEO Norman C.T. Liu.

“GECAS is a leader in the commercial airplane leasing industry with a
successful track record of placing 737s with airlines worldwide,” said
President and CEO Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The GECAS
leadership team will have the same success with the 737 MAX. The airplane will
provide passengers with the exceptional flying experience that they have come
to expect from the 737 family, but with increased fuel efficiency and
technological advancements.”

Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see an 8 percent operating cost per seat advantage over tomorrow’s competition, Boeing claimed.

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