Posted on: 26 August 2014 by Mark Howells
Singapore-based aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation (BOC) has recently placed an order for 80 Boeing 737 series jets, its largest to date.
The order, which is comprised of 50 737 MAX 8 aircraft and 30 Next Generation 737 aircraft, is set to be delivered between 2016 and 2021.
Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes, commented on his blog that the order “shows that customers continue to gravitate toward the heart of the single-aisle market—the 160-seat space occupied by the 737 MAX 8.”
BOC Aviation, owned by the Bank of China, claims to have one of the youngest fleets in the industry. As of 30 June, the company recorded a fleet of 251 delivered aircraft, of which 95 aircraft were Next Generation 737s.
“Following the successful placement of the 50 Next Generation 737 aircraft that we ordered in 2006, this is a continuation of our commitment to be responsive to airline customers which are expanding or replacing older fleets,” explained Robert Martin, managing director and CEO of BOC Aviation.
Dinesh A. Keshar, Boeing’s senior VP of sales for Asia Pacific and India added that BOC aviation “played an important role in the success of the Next-Generation 737 and the 777-300ER in the leasing market by helping place the airplanes with airlines worldwide.”Keshar continued, “We're excited about our continued relationship with BOC Aviation and look forward to working with them on the new 737 MAX.”
BOC Aviation’s order brings Boeing’s total MAX orders to 2,219.