Boeing today booked a $1 billion order for 12 of its Next Generation 737-800 jets with Sberbank of Russia.
The bank’s leasing arm, Sberbank Leasing, will rent those aircraft to the Russian airline Transaero. Sberbank is the largest bank in Russia.
“The agreement that we have reached today marks a very significant step forward and is evidence of Sberbank’s commitment to aviation financing. It substantially contributes to the development of trade and economic relations between Russia and the U.S.,” said Herman Gref, CEO and chairman of the board of Sberbank of Russia. “Sberbank will use our new 737-800s to give our corporate customers the best service available in the aircraft leasing industry.”
The 737-800 is the most popular version of the world’s best-selling jetliner. Boeing has sold more than 10,000 of the two-engine, single-aisle planes. All of its 737s are made at Boeing’s Renton assembly plant.