Bangkok-based Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) has signed a commitment to order eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s.
Boeing and Nok Air announced the commitment on February 12 at the Singapore Airshow 2014.
The commitment, which Boeing values at $1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the Boeing 737 MAX.
Boeing says it will work with Nok Air to finalize the details of the agreement, at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 14 Boeing 737-800 jets and has several more on order from leasing companies, its February 12 commitment with Boeing, when firmed, will mark the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.
“This commitment is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air. “The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and will continue to be in the future. These airplanes position us for growth and ensure that we’ll continue to operate the most reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft.”
“The 737 has been a key component of Nok Air’s growth over the past 10 years,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX is an excellent complement to Nok Air’s fleet and its low-cost business model. The airplane’s efficiency, reliability and passenger amenities will enable the airline to continue to provide its customers high-quality service at a low cost.”