Chinese carrier Okay Airways has announced an order for six Boeing 737 MAX 8s and four Boeing 737-800s.
Announcing the Okay Airways order for Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets and 737-800 aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Boeing said it valued the order at $980 million at current list prices.
Okay Airways, the first privately owned airline in China, also announced it would convert five 737-800s from a previous order into 737-900ERs.
The order conversion means Okay Airways will be the first airline in China to operate the Boeing 737-900ER and it now has eight of the type on order.
“The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and has fueled our growth with its proven reliability and efficiency,” says Liu Weining, president of Okay Airways. “The addition of the new 737 MAX airplanes will help us explore new regional markets while strengthening our existing domestic routes.”
Okay Airways is headquartered in Beijing but has its main operational hub at Tianjin Binhai International Airport.
Its fleet includes 12 Boeing 737-800s and one Boeing 737-300 Freighter, as well as 11 domestically produce Xian MA60 turboprop regional airliners. The carrier serves 40 domestic destinations.