Boeing Finalizes Order with Nok Air for 15 737 Aircraft
Boeing announced that it finalized an order with Nok Air, a low-cost Thai airline, for seven 737 Max 8 and eight Next Generation 737-800 planes. The order, which was first announced at the Singapore Air Show in February, is valued at $1.45 billion at list prices.
Both aircraft models are single-aisle and designed for greater fuel efficiency. The 737 Max, for which Boeing has received 2,017 orders to date, incorporates CFM International Leap-1B engines, a redesigned tail cone, and new winglets, which allow for a 14% improvement in fuel use over other single-aisle aircraft.
The Boeing 737-800 is the best-selling model in the 737 Next Generation family, which is made up of the -600, -700, -800, and -900 models of the aircraft. It is the third generation of the 737 and has been produced since 1996. The aircraft can be configured to seat 162 passengers in a two-class layout, or up to 189 in one class.
Nok Air also announced that it plans to convert one of its new Next Generation 737-800 planes that it has on order into a 737 Max aircraft at a later date.
Nok Air was founded in 2004, and is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand. The airline currently has 15 Next Generation 737-800 aircraft in its fleet, and will be the first carrier in Thailand to operate the 737 Max.
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