Singapore Airlines Group carrier SilkAir has finalized an order for 54 Boeing 737-800s and 737 MAX 8s valued at $4.9 billion at list prices.
With this agreement, the firm orderbook for the Boeing 737 MAX family has reached 969 aircraft to date.
SilkAir’s order for 23 Boeing 737-800 jets and 31 737 MAX 8s is the largest order in the airline’s history and begins a fleet transition for SilkAir to Boeing aircraft.
“The capability of the 737s will enable us to spread our wings to even more destinations and increase capacity on existing routes,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir’s chief executive.
According to Boeing, the 737Ng family and 737 MAX can fly farther than competing aircraft, enabling airlines to open new routes.
Both the Boeing 737NG family and the 737 MAX feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which highlights new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting aimed at enhancing the sense of spaciousness, and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.
The 737 MAX will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, the LEAP-1 currently being under development by CFM and due to make its first flight in 2016.
According to Boeing, airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 13 per cent fuel-use improvement over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft.
SilkAir’s order brings the net year-to-date total for 737s ordered in 2012 to 1,031 aircraft. This is the first time in the single-aisle jetliner’s history that it has logged orders for more than 1,000 aircraft in a single year.
The 737 also broke its own record for net orders this past October when it topped the 2007 record of orders for 846 aircraft.
SilkAir is a full-service airline and the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. It currently flies to 42 destinations across 12 countries.