Start-Ups Green Africa Airways commits to 100 737 MAX aircraft
Boeing and Green Africa Airways have announced, that the airline has officially committed for up to 100 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The order consists of 50 firm orders and 50 purchase rights. Green Africa Airways currently gears up to commence commercial operations. According to current list prices, the deal is valued at US$11.7 billion. It is the largest aircraft agreement ever made from an African carrier.
Green Africa Airways is based in Lagos, the largest city of Nigeria. It hopes to commence safe and affordable air travel to new customers. The carrier seeks to be a significant contributor to the country´s economy and the African continent.
Babawande Afolabi, Founder & CEO, Green Africa Airways commented: "Today is a historic day for the Nigerian and African aviation industry [...] This landmark deal takes us much closer to our long-held dream of building a world-class airline that will unlock a new realm of positive possibilities for millions of customers."
At first, the airline seeks to implement a route network in the Nigerian market and then to expand to whole Africa. The new state-of-the-art 737 MAX 8 aircraft will help achieving the goals, as operational costs are very low.
Recently, Green Africa Airways has received its Air Operator´s Certificate (AOC), which was issued by the Nigerian government. The board consists of people like Tom Horton, former CEO and Chairman of American Airlines, Virasb Vahidi, former CCO of American Airlines and William Shaw, Founder and former CEO of VivaColombia.
Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales & Marketing, The Boeing Company said: "The growth potential for air travel across Nigeria and Africa is extraordinary with the airplane fleet expected to more than double over the next 20 years. We are delighted that Green Africa Airways has selected the 737 MAX to serve this expanding market"
The 737 MAX family consists of the MAX 200, MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 9 and MAX 10. To date, Boeing has noticed over 4,800 orders from more than 100 worldwide customers. All aircraft feature LEAP-1B high bypass-ratio engines by CFM International and new winglets.
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