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Boeing, Okay Airways Announce Order For 737 MAXs, Next-Gen 737s Worth US$980 Mln

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Bernama) -- Boeing and Okay Airways have announced an order for six 737 MAX 8s and four Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at US$980 million at current list prices.

Okay Airways, the first privately-owned airline in China, also announced it will convert five 737-800s from a previous order into 737-900ERs (Extended Range), said Boeing in a statement here today.

With the conversion announcement, Okay Airways will be the first airline in China to operate the 737-900ER and has eight of the airplanes on order.

"The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and has fueled our growth with its proven reliability and efficiency," said Okay Airways' president Liu Weining in the statement.

He added the addition of the new 737 MAX airplanes would help the airline explore new regional markets, while strengthening existing domestic routes.

Meanwhile, John Wojick, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said a combination of the Next-Generation 737-800s and 737 MAX 8 airplanes, was a perfect fit for Okay Airways, providing the fleet with market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort for many years to come.

"We are honoured to partner Okay Airways once again, as the airline continues to modernise its fleet with Boeing's 737 airplane family," he added.

Okay Airways is headquartered in Beijing with its main hub at Tianjin Binhai International Airport.

Its jetliner fleet includes 12 Boeing 737-800s and one Boeing 737-300 Freighter, which serves 40 domestic destinations.

-- BERNAMA




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