Wed, Feb 15, 2012
Airline Orders 201 737 MAXs, 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs ...
Largest Ever Commercial Airplane Order For Boeing
Jakarta-based Lion Air finalized a deal with Boeing Monday for a
firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs
(extended range). The agreement, first announced last November in
Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150
"The 737 MAX is the best choice for Lion Air and the best
airplane to serve our passengers," said Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air
Founder and President Director. "We're excited to be the first
airline in Asia to fly the 737 MAX and to be the global launch
customer of the 737 MAX 9."
With orders for 230 airplanes valued at $22.4 billion at list
prices, this deal is the largest commercial airplane order ever in
Boeing's history by both dollar value and total number of
airplanes. Lion Air will also acquire purchase rights for an
additional 150 airplanes. "Lion Air has been a leader in Indonesia
from the very beginning," said Dinesh Keskar, vice president of
Asia-Pacific and India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Today more people are flying in Asia at lower fares because of the
737 and this historic 737 MAX order will help connect more people
in the future."
The 737 MAX is a new engine variant of the world's best selling
airplane and builds on the strengths of today's Next-Generation
737. 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.
Boeing estimates that airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a
10-12 percent fuel burn improvement over today's most fuel
efficient single-aisle airplanes and a 7 percent operating cost per
seat advantage over tomorrow's competition.
To date, the 737 MAX has orders and commitments for more than
1,000 airplanes from 15 customers and the Next-Generation 737
family has won orders for more than 6,600 airplanes. Lion Air,
Indonesia's largest private airline, currently operates or has on
order a total of 178 Next-Generation 737s.
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