Boeing and SpiceJet have announced a commitment for up to 205 airplanes during an event in New Delhi. Booked at the end of 2016, the announcement includes 100 new 737 MAX 8s, SpiceJet’s current order for 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, as well as purchase rights for 50 additional airplanes.
Boeing and Jeju Air announced an order today for three Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, valued at nearly $300 million at current list prices, will become the airline’s first direct-purchased airplanes from Boeing and fuel the airline’s continued expansion within Asia’s rapidly growing air travel market.
Boeing and Travel Service, the Czech airline company that operates scheduled flights under the SmartWings brand, has finalised an order for five 737 8 MAX airplanes. The deal is valued at $550 million at current list prices. Travel Service previously placed an order for three 737 MAXs at the Paris Air Show in 2013 and currently operates a mixed fleet that includes 32 737s.
United Airlines has taken delivery of the company’s first 777-300ER from Boeing in Everett, Washington. The airline’s newest aircraft type features the all-new United Polaris business class seat and will start regularly scheduled service in February 2017.
Boeing and Iran Air finalised an agreement for 80 aircraft that includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s, valued at $16.6 billion at list prices. Based on its memorandum of agreement with Iran Air announced in June, the contract was reached within the terms of the US government license issued to Boeing in September.
Boeing has started final assembly of the first 787-10 Dreamliner, marking another on-time milestone for the development program. The first 787-10 will cycle through Boeing South Carolina’s Final Assembly facility as all major sections are joined, interior and exterior components completed, power turned on and production tests begin.
United States president-elect Donald Trump has called for the scrapping of multi-billion dollar plans for Boeing to build a new Air Force One. In a tweet to followers he branded the cost of the project “ridiculous and totally out of control”. Boeing shares immediately dropped one per cent following the comments. The US government signed a deal with Boeing earlier this year to build a new aircraft to fly the president once the current one reaches the end of its service life.
Boeing has rejected a World Trade Organisation claim that it received illegal subsidies for its 777X manufacture programme. In response to the ruling, Boeing argued the WTO had rejected virtually all of the European Union’s challenges to the Washington state tax incentives. On Monday the World Trade Organisation ruled a tax break from Washington state to help Boeing develop its new 777X jetliner was a prohibited subsidy.
Boeing chairman Dennis Muilenburg has named Kevin McAllister president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding company vice chairman Ray Conner in the role. Muilenburg also appointed Stanley Deal president and chief executive of Boeing Global Services, a new business unit to be formed from the customer services groups within the company’s existing commercial airplanes and defence, space and security business units.
Oman Air has received a new Boeing 737- 800. This was the sixth brand new Boeing 737-800 joining the young Oman Air fleet this year as part of the airline’s expansion plan. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman Air has operated B737s for many years and the aircraft provide the backbone of the airline’s long and medium haul fleet.
In line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience and improve environmental performance through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its fleet from active service. This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.