Sun, Mar 13, 2011
Hong Kong Airlines Also Plans Fleet Expansion
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), has finalized a
firm order for 33 Next-Generation 737-800s with Boeing. The order,
with a list-price value of more than $2.6 billion, is part of the
company's initiative to modernize its fleet and increase the
balance in its airplane portfolio.
"This 737 order will provide ILFC's airline customers with
advanced, highly competitive airplanes that deliver the best
reliability, superior operating economics and increased passenger
comfort," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales &
Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "These airplanes deliver
the continuous improvements we are making to the Next-Generation
Today's operators fly 737s that are 5 percent more fuel
efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered in 1998 and
additional improvements are on the way. Boeing's performance
improvement package, now in certification, will boost fuel
efficiency a further two percent through aerodynamic and engine
changes. The performance improvements to the airframe and engine
are expected to be in service between mid-2011 and early 2012.
Additionally, Boeing will deliver ILFC's new Next-Generation
737-800s with the all-new 737 Boeing Sky Interior. "This ILFC order
is a reflection of our performance improvement initiatives and our
goal to offer the best product in every segment we serve," Dailey
In a related story, Boeing said a statement it is "delighted"
with Hong Kong Airlines’ intention to expand its fleet with
the purchase of 38 Boeing airplanes, including six 777 Freighters,
30 787-9s and two 787-8 VIP airplanes.
"Boeing's family of technologically advanced, long-haul
airplanes will enhance Hong Kong Airlines’ ability to match
the demands of the different markets it serves, and connect its
long-haul network to local sources of demand," the statement reads.
"Boeing is working with Hong Kong Airlines to finalize the
agreement, at which time it will be posted to the Boeing Orders
& Deliveries website."
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