Air Lease, Boeing strike $9.6 bln deal for 737s and 787s
FARNBOROUGH, England July 17 (Reuters) - U.S. airplane
leasing firm Air Lease Corp announced on Tuesday a commitment to
order as many as 78 Boeing Co single-aisle and wide-body
airplanes in a deal valued at $9.6 billion at list prices.
Air Lease told a press briefing at the Farnborough Airshow
that three 787-9s and the first 20 737 MAX airplanes in the
total deal were firm purchases, while the remaining 55 737 MAX
airplanes were provisional commitments.
Air Lease said it had flexibility for taking 737 MAX 8 and 9
variants and expected to take delivery between 2020 and 2024,
though most of the jetliners would likely be delivered during
the latter portion of that time frame.
Separately, Air Lease Chief Executive John Plueger said he
was convinced, based on conversations with numerous airlines,
there was strong interest and a need for a new mid-market jet
Boeing is considering.
"There's definitely strong interest in the entire global
airline marketplace in this aircraft," Plueger said. "The
business case is up to Boeing, to be able to get there."
Steve Udvar-Házy, executive chairman of Air Lease's board,
said later that choosing an engine for the mid-market jet would
be one of the toughest choices Boeing has to make, adding it
would be "nice" to have a choice between two engines.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Jason Neely and Mark
First Published: 2018-07-17 13:15:05
Updated 2018-07-17 13:28:51
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