Boeing Statement on Xiamen Airlines Commitment to Purchase 40 Next-Generation 737s
SEATTLE, Aug 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced Friday that Xiamen Airlines has agreed to purchase 40 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s. The airline plans to use the airplanes for more international routes to meet growing passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific and China.
The order, which is valued at $3.5 billion at list prices, requires Chinese Government approval and Boeing will work with Xiamen Airlines to obtain approval. After that time the order will be posted to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.
"Xiamen Airlines is a valued customer of The Boeing Company and we are delighted that Xiamen has decided to add to their expanding Next-Generation 737 fleet," said Ihssane Mounir , vice president of Sales and Marketing for Greater China and Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This commitment from one of the fastest growing airlines in the world is a testament to the world's best-selling airplane and the many advantages the Next-Generation 737 provides to the airline and its passengers."
Xiamen Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of six 757 airplanes and 77 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The carrier plans to grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of year 2020.
The Next-Generation 737 is the most fuel-efficient and reliable single-aisle airplane today with an 8 percent per-seat operating cost advantage over the nearest competitor. Known for its reliability, fuel efficiency and economical performance, the 737-800 is selected by leading carriers throughout the world because it provides operators the flexibility to serve a wide range of markets. The 737, the gold standard of single-aisle jetliners, can seat 162 passengers in dual class and up to 189 passengers in a high density configuration. It can fly 175 nautical miles (320 kilometers) farther and consume up to 7 percent less fuel while carrying 12 more passengers than the competing model.
Xiamen-based Xiamen Airlines is a privately-owned subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.
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