Boeing Gets $6 Billion Order for 60 737 Max Aircraft, Hits 1,000 Milestone
Boeing announced that Aviation Capital Group has placed an order for 60 737 Max airplanes. The order includes 50 737 Max 8s and 10 737 Max 9s and was finalized in December 2012. This puts the 737 Max at over 1,000 orders.
The Boeing 737 Max reached its “firm concept” milestone in November 2012. This meant that the aircraft was fairly close to its final configuration, including new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, a redesigned tail cone, and Advanced Technology winglets. The aircraft’s geometric shape was further refined, including the elimination of the hump on the nose-gear door.
Aviation Capital Group is a global commercial jet aircraft leasing and asset management company. Its fleet is currently comprised of 240 single- and twin-aisle commercial jet aircraft including the Airbus A320 family, A330s, Boeing 737s, Boeing 757s, and Boeing 767s. Including the new order, it has almost 200 aircraft on order including Boeing 787s and Boeing 737 NGs. AVG’s customers for the new aircraft were not disclosed.
The Boeing 737 Max promises reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 13% and Boeing says it will have an 8% per-seat operating cost advantage over its competition. The current Boeing 737 Next Generation is considered to be the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft available today.