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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Kuwait's Alafco buys 20 Boeing 737 max jets in $2.2 billion deal 

The deal doubles the lessor’s order book for the Max aircraft

With its latest confirmed order Kuwait's Alafco doubled the number of Boeing Max 737 jets on order to 40.  Mike Kane/Bloomberg
With its latest confirmed order Kuwait's Alafco doubled the number of Boeing Max 737 jets on order to 40. Mike Kane/Bloomberg

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.

Alafco, which provides commercial aircraft leasing products globally, now has 40 Boeing 737 Max on order, it said on the second day of the Dubai Airshow.

The deal is valued at $2.2 billion at current list prices before discount. The 737 MAX family a favorite of low cost carriers has a operating cost that is about 8 per cent less than its main competitor, Boeing said.

“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 of the leasing company.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Kevin McAllister added”. “The 737 MAX 8’s ability to fly further than the competition while using less fuel is one of many reasons why customers – including ALAFCO – have helped make the 737 MAX the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history.”

The 737 MAX has surpassed 4,000 total orders to date, Boeing added.

Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, forecasts airlines in the Middle East will need 3,350 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at an estimated $730 billion. Competing Toulouse-based Airbus forecasts Middle East carriers will spend about $600bn on new aircraft over the coming two decades, amid projections that the fleet size of the regions’ carriers will more than double in the period.

“The fact that 85 percent of the world's population lives within an eight-hour flight of the Arabian Gulf, coupled with robust business models and investment in infrastructure, allows carriers in the Middle East to channel traffic through their hubs and offer one-stop service between many cities,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The region is forecast to experience the fastest growth rate in the world behind Africa, which is projected to grow by 5.9 per cent to 400 million passengers by 2036, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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