Boeing, Air Lease Corporation announce order for six 737 MAXs

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Boeing and Air Lease Corporation announced an order for six 737 MAX 8s at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.

Three of the orders are new, and three were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. The order is valued at $660 million at current list prices.

“ALC already has lease agreements in place with seven different airlines for 737-8 MAX aircraft out of our Boeing delivery stream, starting in the fourth quarter of 2017,” said Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “The addition of more Boeing 737 MAX in our portfolio undoubtedly provides the economics, innovative efficiencies, and enhanced passenger experience that our airline customers are looking for in an aircraft.”

With 180 airplanes now on order, ALC has the largest backlog of any Boeing leasing customer. ALC also has the largest 737 MAX backlog of any leasing customer with 118 orders.

“ALC was one of the first leasing companies to order the 737 MAX, and we appreciate their continued confidence in the airplane,” said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America and Leasing Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re thrilled to see ALC place the MAX with airlines all over the world.”

The 737 MAX is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history, with orders now totaling more than 3,200. The airplane incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor.

Through the years, ALC has ordered a total of 260 airplanes from Boeing including 118 737 MAXs, 75 Next-Generation 737-800s, 21 777-300ERs and 46 787 Dreamliners.

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Boeing, TUI Group finalize order for 10 737 MAXs, one 787-9 Dreamliner

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Boeing and TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business, finalized an order today at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow for 10 737 MAX 8s and one 787-9 Dreamliner. The order, valued at $1.4 billion at current list prices, also includes an option for one additional 787-9.

With today’s order, TUI Group now has three unfilled orders for 787-9s and 70 for the 737 MAX.

“We are committed to investing in our aircraft fleet in order to keep improving our customer’s experience and to grow ahead of the market,” said David Burling, Member of the Executive Board and responsible for TUI Group Airlines. “This includes the expansion of our long haul holiday programme and providing more choice of flight times and durations to new destinations. Our customers tell us how much they appreciate the investment we are making in new aircraft, so we’re pleased to make flying with TUI an even more enjoyable experience with this latest order.”

TUI Group last year announced its five year sustainability strategy, ‘Better Holidays Better World 2015-2020,’ built around three core pillars to help shape the future of sustainable tourism. As one pillar, TUI aims to operate Europe’s most carbon efficient airlines and reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by a further 10% by 2020.

“With the 737 MAX, we will be able carry our short-haul customers further, in greater comfort, more efficiently and with an even lower environmental impact. The 737 MAX will contribute significantly towards fulfilling our commitment to further reducing the carbon intensity of our operations,” added Burling.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor.

“TUI Group’s customers have benefited from the unrivaled passenger features on board the 787-8, since they became the UK launch customer in 2013,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The addition of 787-9s to its fleet will provide TUI Group with greater flexibility across its route network, while the 737 MAX will ensure it remains at the forefront of the European leisure market.”

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 45 more passengers for TUI Group, an additional 520 kilometers (280 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace. TUI Group’s airlines currently operate a fleet of 13 787-8s and one 787-9.

Additionally, TUI Group has selected GoldCare Component Services for its Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX fleet. It will be the launch customer for Boeing’s 737 MAX Component Services program. Boeing has provided 737 Component Services for Thomson Airways and Jetairfly, members of the TUI Group, since September 2007.

The Component Services program provides customers quick access to pooled material, as well as repairs, upgrades and warranty service for those parts in the program. By using the program, airlines can reduce their inventory costs, while managing their repair and overhaul needs through a predictable cost structure

There are six proprietary airlines in the TUI Group operating 136 medium and long-haul aircraft, including more than 100 Next-Generation 737s and 14 787s. These airlines are TUIfly, Thomson, TUIfly Nordic, Jetairfly, Corsair and TUIfly Netherlands, serving more than 180 destinations around the world.

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Boeing, Xiamen Airlines sign Memorandum of Understanding for 737 MAX 200s

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Boeing and Xiamen Airlines announced today at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of up to 30 737 MAX 200 airplanes, valued at up to $3.39 billion at current list prices.

The airline, which is already a 737 MAX customer, sees the MAX 200 as a fit for its low cost subsidiaries, including Jiangxi Airlines and Hebei Airlines.

Both parties will work closely to finalize the agreement, which requires the approval of Xiamen Airlines board and the China Southern Airline Group board, as well as the Chinese Government.

“We are pleased with this new milestone in our relationship with Xiamen Airlines,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The market-leading efficiency and reliability of the 737 MAX 200 will enable Xiamen and its subsidiaries to expand its growing network, while maintaining an optimal fleet. This MOU further demonstrates the strength of our enduring partnership and we look forward to finalizing the deal in the near future.”

Xiamen Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 140 airplanes including six 787 Dreamliners, 130 Next-Generation 737s and four 757s. The carrier plans to grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of the decade and looks to expand regionally with the new 737 MAX.

Xiamen-based Xiamen Airlines is a stated-owned subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.

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Boeing, Vietjet finalize Vietnam’s largest ever commercial airplane purchase

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VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company and Boeing have finalized an order for 100 737 MAX 200 airplanes, the largest ever single commercial airplane purchase in Vietnam aviation. His Excellency Mr. Trần Đại Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and U.S. President Barack Obama, witnessed the historic agreement, valued at approximately $11.3 billion at current list prices.

The signing ceremony, conducted by Vietjet President and CEO Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner, took place at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, at approximately 11:40 a.m. local time.

“Vietjet is efficiently operating a fleet of narrow body airplanes. Our investment in a fleet of B737 Max 200 will accommodate our strategy of growing Vietjet’s coming international route network including long haul flights,” said Madam Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo during the signing. “Through this agreement, Vietjet will contribute increasing bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and the United States, as well as the integration and development of the aviation industry in Vietnam.‎”

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The airplanes will be delivered from 2019 through 2023, supporting Vietjet’s continuous growth of its domestic as well as international network in the region. This agreement also helps Vietjet to increase its fleet to more than 200 airplanes by the end 2023, with the most modern and advanced technology in the world.

“Boeing is proud to again play an integral role in advancing Vietnam’s aviation industry. We’re honored to be joined by President Quang and President Obama for this historic milestone and order of 100 737 MAX 200 airplanes,” said Conner. “Incorporating the latest design and technology features, the highly efficient 737 MAX 200 will provide Vietjet’s growing network with market-leading economics, a superior passenger experience and contribute significantly to their future success.”

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor. To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated 3,098 orders from 65 customers around the world.

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Boeing 737 MAX makes first international journey for flight testing

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The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has marked a key achievement after completing high altitude flight testing in La Paz, Bolivia. It’s the first international trip for the 737 MAX flight-test fleet.

The airport’s 13,300-foot (4,050-meter) altitude tested the MAX’s capability to take off and land at high altitudes, which can affect overall airplane performance.

“The engines and other systems performed well, as expected, under extreme conditions. That’s exactly what we wanted to see,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Flight testing for the 737 MAX is on schedule with three test airplanes having completed more than 100 flights combined. The fourth and final test airplane will make its first flight in the coming weeks. The program remains on track for first delivery in the third quarter of 2017.

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Lufthansa Technik: Well prepared for technical support of the Boeing 737 MAX

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When the new Boeing 737 MAX commences regular flight operation as planned next year, Lufthansa Technik will be well prepared to provide technical support for the most recent member of the Boeing 737 family.

Backed by its extensive expertise in the introduction of new aircraft types, Lufthansa Technik will provide a full featured product portfolio for ensuring smooth operation of the Boeing 737 MAX from the very outset. This includes a broad range of maintenance services for components, from individual repair to loan and exchange parts from regional spare parts warehouses through to the most comprehensive and integrated Total Support products.

Lufthansa Technik already offers an extensive range of globally available products and services for operators of the various Boeing 737 types. The spare parts warehouses for the Boeing 737 of the Classic and current Next Generation versions, which are established within easy reach of the customer, are to be extended in the process for the 737 MAX. For the operators of the new medium-haul aircraft, this means availability of material supply matching the high quality standards of Lufthansa Technik with fast response and turnaround times.

The Boeing 737 MAX will be powered exclusively by CFM LEAP-1B engines, whose maintenance – as with the current CFM56 engines – will likewise be included in the Lufthansa Technik portfolio.

When it comes to the Americas, which represents the largest market for the Boeing 737, Lufthansa Technik offers services specially tailored to local customer requirements. The company takes account of this market with regional customer service teams, sales offices and material pools at various locations on the continent as well as a 24/7 hotline for non-routine defects (Aircraft on Ground, AOG), which is based in Southern Florida.

The MRO provider’s subsidiary Lufthansa Technik Component Services (LTCS) in Oklahoma is also well positioned in terms of aircraft components thanks to its broadly diversified service portfolio – in particular this also includes testing, repair and overhaul of components. The new American location for aircraft overhauls, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, which commenced operation in November 2015, will also offer overhaul services for Boeing 737 aircraft to North and South American airlines from 2017 in addition to the Airbus A320 family.

With the introduction of the new aircraft, Lufthansa Technik will guarantee smooth operation from day one in its role as integrator. Lufthansa Technik has already been able to demonstrate its accumulated experience and expertise in the introduction of new aircraft types on many occasions, as for example recently with the introduction of the Airbus A350 in January 2015 as well as the entry into service of the Airbus A320neo with Lufthansa in January 2016.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Boeing completes successful 737 MAX first flight

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The Boeing 737 MAX 8 took to the skies for the first time yesterday. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.

With the latest technology LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the first member of the efficient 737 MAX family completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

“Today’s first flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner. “We are tremendously proud to begin testing an airplane that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our customers.”

During the flight, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson and Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben departed to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour typical of a first flight sequence. While Capts. Wilson and Bomben tested the airplane’s systems and structures, onboard equipment transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.

“The flight was a success,” said Wilson. “The 737 MAX just felt right in flight giving us complete confidence that this airplane will meet our customers’ expectations.”

With the other three members of the 737 MAX 8 flight-test fleet currently in different stages of final assembly, the 737 MAX remains on track for first delivery to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

The new 737 MAX 8 will deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market with 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s – and 8 percent per seat lower operating costs than the A320neo. The 737 MAX 8 is the first member in Boeing’s new family of single-aisle airplanes – the 737 MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200 and MAX 9 – to begin flight testing. The 737 MAX will extend the Next-Generation 737 range advantage with the capability to fly more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,510 km), an increase of 340 – 570 nmi (629-1,055 km) over the Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX family has 3,072 orders from 62 customers worldwide.

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