Posted on: 17 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Boeing and Okay Airways have announced a commitment by the airline for it to order 12 Boeing 737s, including eight 737 MAX 8s, three 737 MAX 9s and one 737-900ER.
The agreement is subject to the approval of the Chinese government and final contract negotiations to transform the commitment to a firm order.
“We greatly value the ties we have built over the years with Boeing,” commented Wang Shusheng, chairman, Okay Airways. “The Boeing Next-Generation 737 has been the mainstay of our fleet since we started operations. The introduction of additional 737s, including the new 737 MAX, will further modernise our fleet and ensure we operate the most efficient fleet well into the future.”
Once the firm order is placed, Okay will be the first Chinese airline to order the 737 MAX 9. Within the agreement, Okay Airways also has options for eight additional 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Okay Airways is headquartered in Beijing with its main hub at Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN). The airline’s fleet includes 14 737-800s, three 737-900ERs and one Boeing 737-300 freighter. The carrier serves more than 100 domestic and international routes.
Photo shows: Ray Conner, president & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (left) and Wang Shusheng, chairman, Okay Airways