Airlines Comair receives first Boeing 737 MAX
Comair has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8.
The airline has now become the first carrier in sub-Sahara Africa to operate the state-of-the-art jet. It is the first of eight 737 MAX aircraft the airline has ordered. This delivery marks a milestone for Comair, as the airline is currently starting to renew its fleet.
Comair´s first 737 MAX enters a growing African aviation market. In the past two decades, the fleet of all airlines has almost doubled. And Comair hopes to play its role in this development. With the MAX 8, the carrier can offer its passengers an excellent onboard experience.
Moreover, the operator benefits from the good operational performance of the aircraft, which is mainly reasoned by the new CFM International LEAP-1B engines. The engines and other improved aerodynamic parts lead to a 14 per cent better fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
“The arrival of the MAX 8 aircraft is a continuation of our fleet renewal programme and builds on the most modern and efficient fleet in South Africa,” said Wrenelle Stander, Executive Director, Comair’s Airline Division. “It is the first of these aircraft to operate in Southern Africa. These newer aircraft, which showcase state-of-the-art technology, will improve our customer experience, enable us to hedge against fuel price volatility and enhance our operating efficiency.”
Currently, Comair is operating an all-Boeing fleet with 18 Next-Generation 737s. The new MAX now aircraft can accommodate up to 189 passengers in a single-class configuration.
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing, The Boeing Company added: “We are delighted to welcome Comair to our growing MAX family. The airline will be able to lower its operating costs significantly, fly farther and provide their customers with a better flying experience [...] From the Classic 737 to the Next-Generation 737 and now to the 737 MAX, we are honoured to build on our partnership with Comair and support their success in the years ahead.”
Boeing´s famous MAX family has gained more than 5,000 orders from more than 100 worldwide customers so far. It is the fastest-selling aircraft in the company´s history.
Comair is a South African airline that was founded in 1943. The central operational hub is at OR Tambo International Airport. The carrier is operating several flights under the British Airways brand and is, therefore, member of the Oneworld alliance when operating for BA. With subsidiary airline Kulula, the carrier operates a fleet of one Airbus A320, eight Boeing 737-400s, 18 B737-800s and one B737 MAX 8.