SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have finalized an order for 15 737 MAX 8s and 25 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The order, valued at more than $3.8 billion at list prices, also includes options for 10 additional 737 MAX 8s.
The order is the largest in the Turkish carrier’s near 25 year history, and brings the total number of orders to date for the 737 MAX to nearly 1,800.
“Twenty-four years ago we started to fly tourists to Turkey with brand-new 737-300s and ten years later the company began to operate the Next-Generation 737-800s. Next year at the age of 25, SunExpress will start the process of renewing its entire fleet and in the future add the latest achievement of Boeing, the 737 MAX,” said Paul Schwaiger, managing director of SunExpress. “We value our long and successful relationship with Boeing and we are grateful for the company’s endless support over so many years.”
The 737 MAX builds on the success of the Next-Generation 737 – retaining efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger appeal that make this family of airplanes the market leader. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines with aerodynamic improvements such as new Advanced Technology winglets to deliver a 14 percent fuel-efficiency improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes. At longer ranges, the improvement will be even greater, perfectly complementing SunExpress’ future growth.
“With our order of up to 50 new 737 aircraft – including the ten options – we have realized an important milestone for the future of SunExpress,” said Haci Say, deputy managing director of SunExpress. “Our company has always been a vital part of the travel trade betweenTurkey and the source markets of Turkish tourism. With this enormous investment SunExpress underlines its strong position among Europe’s leading holiday airlines. We are happy to grow even stronger with the help of new Boeing aircraft which perfectly suit our business model.”
Based on the Turkish Rivera, SunExpress was founded in October 1989 as a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. Today, SunExpress carries more than seven million passengers per year and is one of the leading airlines in terms of passenger numbers between Germany and Turkey. The carrier operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 60 Next-Generation 737-700s and 737-800s and serves more than 90 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8FH TC-SNH (msn 30826) is pictured taxiing at Zurich.
Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) (Bangkok) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have announced from the Singapore Airshow a commitment to order eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX.
Boeing will work with the Bangkok-based airline to finalize the details of the agreement, at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 14 Next-Generation 737s, this will mark the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-83N HS-DBH (msn 32614) departs from Bangkok (Don Mueang) base.
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GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, announced today an order for 40 737s. The order, with a list-price value of approximately $3.9 billion, consists of 20 737 MAX 8s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s.
The follow-on order increases the GECAS order book for the 737 MAX to 95 airplanes and the 737NG to 387 airplanes, the most for both models by any company in the leasing industry.
Flydubai (Dubai) and Boeing (Chicago) announced an order for 75 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices. In addition, the airline retains purchase rights for 25 more 737 MAXs.
The order was first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, making it Boeing’s largest single-aisle airplane order in the Middle East.
The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 14 percent fuel-use improvement over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes.
Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,700 orders to date and will have 8 percent per-seat lower operating costs than the future competition.
Flydubai placed its first order for 50 Next-Generation 737-800s at the 2008 Farnborough Air Show and took delivery of its first airplane in 2009. The airline was the first in the world to debut the Boeing Sky Interior, an enhanced onboard experience. To date, flydubai has grown its fleet to 34 Next-Generation 737-800s.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Flydubai currently operates 35 Boeing 737-800s. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FEA (msn 40254) arrives back at the Dubai hub.
Boeing (Chicago) has completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8. This milestone marks completion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family.
As detailed designs are completed and released, production can begin. Final assembly of the 737 MAX 8 is scheduled to begin in 2015 with first delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.
The 737 MAX will be 13 percent more fuel-efficient than today’s most efficient single-aisle airplanes and 8 percent more fuel-efficient per seat than tomorrow’s competition. The configuration includes new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International that are optimized for the 737 MAX, a redesigned tail cone and the Boeing designed Advanced Technology Winglet to reduce fuel use. Other changes incorporated include upgrades to the flight deck displays, an electronic bleed air system and fly-by-wire spoiler flight controls.
The 737 MAX family includes the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 and will serve the 100- to over 200-seat market. The 737 MAX will extend the Next-Generation 737 range advantage with the capability to fly more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 km), an increase of 400-540 nmi (741-1,000 km) over the Next-Generation 737. First delivery of the 737 MAX 9 is planned for 2018 followed by first delivery of the MAX 7 in 2019.
To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated orders for 1,495 airplanes.
CIT Group Inc. (CIT Aerospace) (New York) and Boeing today announced from the 2013 Paris Air Show that CIT Aerospace has placed an order for 30 737 MAX 8s.
As of March 31, 2013, CIT owned or financed a fleet of approximately 350 commercial aircraft, including operating lease and financing agreements in place for 128 Boeing aircraft.
Founded in 1908, CIT is a bank holding company with more than $35 billion in financing and leasing assets. It provides financing and leasing capital and advisory services to its clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in small business and middle market lending, factoring, retail finance, aerospace, equipment and rail leasing, and vendor finance. CIT also operates CIT Bank (Member FDIC), its primary bank subsidiary, which, through its online bank BankOnCIT.com, offers a suite of savings options designed to help customers achieve a range of financial goals
Image: Boeing. Pictured here is an image of the 737 MAX 8 in CIT livery (which has never has been painted).
Boeing (Chicago) announced today that first delivery of the 737 MAX 8 to launch customer Southwest Airlines (Dallas) will be a quarter earlier than originally scheduled – in the third quarter of 2017 instead of fourth quarter.
“Through our disciplined development on the 737 MAX program, the team has retired key technology risks,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager, Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, during a briefing at the 2013 Paris Air Show. “We have informed our customers and they are pleased they will be able to put these more fuel-efficient airplanes in their fleets sooner than planned.”
Since launch in August 2011, the 737 MAX team has worked to define the final configuration of the airplane including new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, a redesigned tail cone and the Advanced Technology winglet. Testing in the wind tunnel and data analysis prove that the 737 MAX configuration, set to be final in July, will give customers a 13 percent fuel-burn improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes.
The work done by Boeing has enabled the program to accelerate the 737 MAX schedule. “We continue to follow our knowledge points through the development process and we have an executable plan. Testing, improvement workshops, and solid early data have allowed us to validate the airplane’s performance and move the schedule forward,” said Fancher.
Image: Boeing. The Boeing 737 MAX will feature new large-format flight deck displays supplied by Rockwell Collins. The new displays will deliver enhanced visuals, improved reliability, lower spares and maintenance costs, lower weight and lower upgrade costs over the life of the airplane. The flight deck layout will maintain operational commonality with the Next-Generation 737 on entry-into-service of the 737 MAX while preparing the airplane for future flight deck capabilities.
Pictured here is an artist’s rendering of the 737 MAX flight deck with the four new large format displays.
Boeing (Chicago) and Kuwait airplane leasing company ALAFCO (Kuwait City) finalized an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at $2.0 billion at current list price. The order was first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July.
The order brings the total number of 737 MAX orders to date to 878.
SilkAir (Singapore), the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase up to 68 new aircraft from Boeing.
The order is the largest in SilkAir’s history and remains subject to the negotiation of a final purchase agreement.
It will comprise firm orders for 54 aircraft and purchase rights for another 14. Firm orders will comprise 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8s. SilkAir will have the flexibility to switch to other variants within the Boeing 737 product range.
SilkAir currently operates 21 A319s and A320s, with three more A320s due for delivery by the end of 2013. The new aircraft will cater for both growth and fleet renewal.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-132 9V-SBF (msn 3104) approaches the SIN base for landing.