China Southern Airlines has announced a commitment to purchase 80 new Boeing 737s, according to Boeing.
The December 17 commitment includes a combination of 30 Boeing 737NGs and 50 737 MAX aircraft, in a deal which Boeing values at $8.38 billion at current list prices.
Boeing has not said whether China Southern Airlines has specified any particular 737NG and 737 MAX models.
However, the computer graphic image that Boeing released in announcing the new China Southern Airlines commitment shows a 737-800 and a 737 MAX 8 in the airline’s livery.
Boeing says it will post the new China Southern order on the manufacturer’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.
This presumably means that China Southern Airlines needs official state permission from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to order the aircraft and once it receives that Boeing can add the order to its official 737NG and 737 MAX delivery backlogs.
Also on December 17, Boeing announced that UK leisure carrier Jet2.com had finalized a follow-on order for three additional 737-800s, taking its firm orders for new 737-800s to 30 aircraft.
Boeing values the new Jet.com order at $288 million at list prices.
In September, Jet2.com ordered 27 737-800s. It operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 60 aircraft.
A subsidiary of Dart Group PLC, Jet2.com began commercial aircraft operations in 1983 and passenger flights to sun destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003.
Leeds Bradford-based Jet2.com now flies over three million customers each year through a combination of package holidays and flight-only services serving 364 holiday resorts in 55 destinations, primarily around the Mediterranean, from seven departure bases in the Northern UK.