Air Lease Corporation has announced the delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Seattle, Washington. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, is the first of six 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft on long term lease to LOT Polish Airlines from ALC’s order book with Boeing. This event also marks the first Boeing 737 MAX to operate in Central and East Europe, as well as the first 737 MAX aircraft in LOT Polish Airlines’ fleet.
Officially the pictured Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) was handed over on December 1, 2017. It departed for Warsaw via a fuel stop at Keflavik, Iceland.
Since inception, ALC has purchased and delivered 75 new 737-800s and ordered a total of 130 737 MAX aircraft, the first of which delivered to LOT.
Later, Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the first 737 MAX for the carrier, ushering the new and improved 737 airplane into the central and east Europe market. The jet is also the first MAX placed by leading airplane lessor Air Lease Corporation.
LOT, the Polish flag carrier, plans to take delivery of additional MAX airplanes as part of its strategy to profitably grow its airline.
The 737 MAX delivers the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market by incorporating the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements. The efficiency gains helped make the MAX the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history with more than 4,000 orders to date from 92 customers worldwide.
Apart from the six 737 MAX 8s, LOT plans to expand its fleet of super-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliners by adding four more 787-9s by the end of 2019.
The airline is using the new airplanes to grow its network. Since 2016, LOT has announced the launch of 42 routes, including long-haul service from Warsaw to Los Angeles, Newark and Kraków to Chicago. In May 2018, LOT will launch connections from Warsaw to Singapore as well as from Budapest to New York City and Chicago.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. LOT Polish’s first 737-8 MAX 8, SP-LVA (msn 64067) departs BFI at 15:58 as flight “Pole Lot 9737” on December 1 bound for KEF.