Boeing gets $27 billion order from Middle Eastern airline

Flydubai’s first 737 MAX 8 takes off from Boeing’s Seattle delivery center in July

Kuwait-based Aviation Lease and Finance Company (Alafco) agreed to buy 20 additional single-aisle Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in a $2.2 billion deal that doubles its order book for the aircraft.

Flydubai now has a fleet of Boeing 737-800s and 737 Max 8 aircraft, with a further 70 due for delivery by 2023 following an order for 75 MAXs and 11 737-800s made at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.

The deal, valued at United States dollars 2.2 billion at current list prices, was announced as a commitment at the Paris Air Show.

"Our customers rely on fuel-efficiency, reliability and low operating costs to be successful and the 737 MAX aircraft will meet the needs of our customers, and support ALAFCO's future growth", said Adel Albanwan, deputy chief executive officer, ALAFCO. "Their airplanes have provided a foundation for the success of our business model, providing us with the operational flexibility and range to build a network of 95 destinations in 44 countries", says Flydubai chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Low cost carrier Flydubai has announced a commitment to order 225 Boeing 737 Max aircraft worth $27bn at the Dubai Airshow.

Egyptair could announce indirect orders with Airbus and Boeing involving third parties, they added.

Boeing said it was the biggest ever order from the Middle East for single-aisle passenger planes.

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