Boe­ing gets an $8.8 bil­lion or­der for planes

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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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