Boeing gets an $8.8 billion order for planes
BOC Aviation, the leasing arm of Bank of China, placed an $8.8 billion order for 80 Boeing medium-haul passenger planes, the biggest order in its 20-year history, weeks after lessor SMBC Aviation ordered 115 Airbus jets.
Singapore-based BOC Aviation, one of the world’s leading lessors, said the order was for 50 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes and 30 Next Generation 737- 800 aircraft, which will be delivered from 2016 to 2021. The order also includes two 777-300ER long-haul widebody planes.
SMBC placed an order worth about $11.8 billion for Airbus planes.
The order is part of BOC Aviation’s strategy to build its fleet for the next seven years. The company had a fleet of 251 delivered aircraft as of June 30. (Photo 4)
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