Lessor Air Lease Corp has signalled its confidence in the Boeing 737 MAX family, with them ordering another 32 aircraft for their fleet.
The order is for 32 additional 737-8 and 737-9 aircraft – which ALC wants as the travel market recovers after the past two years. The split between the two types has not been disclosed at the time the information hit.
In February the lessor added 18 737 MAXs to its portfolio. With the new order, ALC has 130 737 MAXs in its backlog.
With the Boeing 737 MAX family settling in, they offer commonality and improved fuel efficiency – allowing airlines to consolidate down to a type depending on the missions required to be completed.
Aircraft can therefore be placed with operators as they begin to flex their capacities upwards. Currently, no customer has been identified – although there are plenty of operators out there who could take delivery of the type.
John L. Plueger, Chief Executive Officer and President of Air Lease Corporation said
“Following our memorandum of understanding with Boeing in February for these 32 737 MAX aircraft, we are pleased to announce the signing of this definitive purchase agreement. We believe that the economic and operating advantages of the 737 MAX will serve our airline customers well as they favor modern, fuel efficient aircraft,”
Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing added
“The 737 MAX family has already proved its value within ALC’s narrowbody portfolio, providing operators with excellent fuel efficiency and flexibility across different networks,”
“The addition of more 737 MAXs, including 737-8s and 737-9s, will enable ALC to respond to accelerating market demand as air travel continues to recover.”
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