Posted on: 19 March 2014 by Mark Howells
Boeing and Comair (parent company of low-fare carrier kulula.com) have announced an order for eight 737 MAX 8s – the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator – which was booked in December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
“We’re proud to be the first African operator to announce an order the 737 MAX,” remarked Erik Venter, chief executive officer of Comair, “This investment in Comair’s fleet upgrade is fundamental to its business strategy of consistently improving customer service and value, while ensuring a sustainable airline. Our decision to make this investment was not taken lightly and is a critical component in managing our exposure to the volatile fuel price and thus minimising the impact of the fuel price on airfares.”
In addition to operating kulula.com, Comair is also the franchise partner of British Airways, operating its local and regional Southern African routes. The company currently flies an all-Boeing fleet of 25 737 Classics and NGs across the two brands. The order for eight 737 MAX 8s will support future fleet renewal and expansion.
With this announcement Comair has a total of 12 aircraft on order from Boeing, including the eight 737 MAX 8s and four 737-800s for delivery in 2015 and 2016.